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Re: Normal Brain vs Abnormal Brain Why? cybercafe

Posted by mattdds on October 17, 2003, at 18:25:16

In reply to Re: Normal Brain vs Abnormal Brain Why?, posted by cybercafe on October 17, 2003, at 17:20:20

>>i have good reason to believe that about 8/10 pdocs are idiots :) and the other 2 are damn busy.... but all 10 seem quite apathetic

Is this the result of an objective survey you did? :)

I understand that you weren't calling any particular individual an "idiot", but I have a problem with labels like "idiots", because I don't really know they mean. They fail to accurately describe the problem with a person, therefore depriving the recipient of helpful feedback, and do nothing except make people feel inferior or inadequate.

Perhaps the pdoc is just human too, and subject to the same errors you and I are (e.g. frustration, stress, even mental illness) which happens to interfere with *your* immediate goals.

With something as complicated as mental illness, it's too simplistic to just conclude that the reason we don't get better is that the people treating us are "idiots", whatever that means.

Now that I'm done preaching, apathetic is a bit better. However, if I were a pdoc in practice solely prescribing medications, I would likely get frustrated and apathetic too! In other words, are you so sure you could do a better job?

Don't get me wrong, I've had my frustrations with psychiatrists, but I feel it's more productive to say things like "X psychiatrist didn't address my chief complaint", or "Y psychiatrist is too heavily influenced by marketing of big pharmaceutical companies". Calling someone an "idiot" does nothing to describe the problem, it just obfuscates it.

Anyhow, I was referring not so much to psychiatrists (clinicians) as the researhers in the fields of neuro and cognitive science. I do believe that there are some very capable people researching the brain.

But, who knows, maybe I'm just a "moron". LOL.

Matt


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