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Re: Is it just me?

Posted by Adam on October 26, 1999, at 16:55:52

In reply to Is it just me?, posted by Carol on October 25, 1999, at 10:23:14

No it isn't just you.

It's this simple: some people become doctors who should be doctors, and some should not. I have
felt on two separate occasions like all I was in this person's office for was access to a prescription
pad. If I could have afforded it, I would have bought my meds overseas and treated myself. I got
nothing I hadn't already heard about, I got no feedback, I got no indication there was a sound
diagnostic process behind the choice of medications. There was sometimes utter ignorance of new
medications. There were technical inaccuracies about the mechanisms of action behind some medications.
I honestly don't think one doctor I had considered such "details" important.

One thing I've found most refreshing about working with doctors who do research is that they actually
like to accumulate knowledge. They thrive on it. And chances are they are even enthusiastic about
talking shop. They appreciate patients who do their own research, they don't get threatened by them
or brush their curiosity aside. At least that's been my experience with the three or four I have been
in contact with since I got out of the hospital. This isn't to say that doctors in private practices
can't or don't display these qualitied, but damned if some of them aren't there for any more than
doling out pills and making a fortune.

If you can, find someone enthusiastic. Find someone dynamic. Find someone who's up on the literature,
who blows you away with what they know. Why settle for less if you can find it? Most of all, find some-
one who cares. You can tell when they do and when they don't. Real caring will inspire innovation,
research, an openness to your thoughts, feelings, and suggestions. It inspires a desire to be excellent.

> Does anyone else get tired of feeling as if you know as much or more then your psychiatrist? I mean, aren't they supposed to be the ones who know what to do? So, how come we are here having to do all this research and trial and error to find out what will help end our depression once and for all? I've been on so many meds. (some at the same time) and had either barely noticeable results or no results at all. Currently, I am on my 4th week of 200mgs.Wellbutrin twice a day and still waiting for some improvement to my lack of motivation, fatigue, and inability to feel any pleasure or joy. Frankly, my lack of successful treatment is actually causing me to be even more depressed just because I am so very sick and tired of being sick and tired!




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