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Re: Wrong about mental illness. herpills

Posted by SLS on February 3, 2014, at 8:37:34

In reply to Re: Wrong about mental illness. SLS, posted by herpills on February 2, 2014, at 13:54:24

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> >
> > > How do you know?
> >
> > Exposure.

Exposure to a bunch of different doctors in several different venues. I've been treated by local doctors, doctors at major universities, teaching hospitals, and at the NIH.

> > > What makes them great?

> > What criteria in particular would you like for people to rate psychiatrists on?

> I'm not sure, one reason why I brought it up!

Okay, yes. You are right.

I don't know how to answer that. Of course, having a track record of successfully treating people is one criterion. Compassion and attentiveness. Insight into what it is like to experience mental illness - knowing how intensely painful and unrelenting it can be. Able to keep up with the latest research and clinical diagnostic and treatment strategies. Willing to take on challenging cases and motivated to research and confer with colleagues. Has a good foundation in medicine and understands the body as an integrated system. Willing to explore treatments that are aggressive and unconventional. Unafraid to use MAOIs and combine them other drugs. Unafraid to refuse the use of treatments that he believes are unsafe or counterproductive, despite the pleadings of his patients. Willing to listen to patients and respect their intelligence and knowledge. Understands that drugs can make someone feel worse instead of better - that suicide can be the ultimate side effect. Monitors a patient closely during the first three weeks of treatment when suicidality is most likely. Spends more than 5 minutes interacting with and evaluating a patient on follow-up visits. Willing to suggest to a patient that they seek a second opinion or consultation with another doctor when the strategies tried are inadequate. Understands the dynamics between the biological and psychological and appreciates the value of psychotherapy. Refuses to tell a patient that they are untreatable. Aappreciates the number of permutations possible of drugs when they are combined. Knows the pharmacology of drugs in addition to their clinical characteristics.

These are a few of my favorite things...


- Scott


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I dream of things that never were and ask why not.

- George Bernard Shaw

 

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