Posted by coral on March 18, 2004, at 14:11:06
In reply to Question about insight or lack thereof, posted by Racer on March 18, 2004, at 9:39:19
I think you're on the money. Following this "doctor's" thinking, we'd all have to be chased by the guys in white jackets for there truly to be a problem. Thankfully, most of us have recognized something is amiss and voluntarily seek help via therapy, (psych or otherwise again,) before reaching the "ducking the butterfly net" stage. Your situation brings back such memories for me. I KNEW something was wrong w/my thyroid but because I didn't present with "classic" symptoms, the doc refused to order the blood tests even though he was seeing me monthly and I continued to ask. Finally, I ordered the blood test myself and my thyroid levels were seriously out of whack. When the doc reviewed the results, he was so blasted cavalier... "Oh, we'll just tinker with your synthroid." I asked if he'd want another blood test in six weeks and he said, "No. There's no need to unnecessarily poke you." Pardon me? Last time I saw that doc.
I tend to get a bit sarcastic under the circumstances you've described and probably would've asked him if all of his patients evidenced all symptoms listed in the DSM, per their diagnoses.