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new pdoc says there 'are no answers'

Posted by raisinb on March 24, 2012, at 9:01:20

I dumped my unhelpful pdoc and now I'm "shopping." I had my first appointment with a new one last night. After taking an extensive history, he asked if I had questions for him. I asked what his thoughts were on the diagnosis and medications.

He said: "as you've found out, psychiatry now is in the same place that geography was when Columbus discovered America."

He said that these diagnoses/labels--the 'descriptive' psychiatry represented by the DSM-are all well and good to put on insurance forms, but they don't capture people's suffering at all. He seemed to be saying it didn't really matter whether I was Bipolar II or MDD or something else. He said that the meds could relieve some acute distress and we'd work on that, but that with most people, things went deeper, and there was no magic medication that would fix things without deep therapy and other changes as well.

It sounded strange for a pdoc to be saying this stuff, but in a way it's what I suspected about myself all along. I'm not sure if I'm going to stick with this guy (I have other appointments) but I thought Babble posters might be interested in his thoughts.




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