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an unbridgeable gulf

Posted by pseudoname on November 20, 2005, at 8:15:14

In reply to Interesting response by a psychiatrist, posted by mcd on November 17, 2005, at 12:54:25

In addition to the Shrinkette blog mcd linked to (by a Eugene, Oregon, pdoc anybody know who she is?), "Medpundit," an anonymous GP blogger, says the NYT's self-prescribers suffer from "arrogance and stupidity." She later says about psych meds...

And by the way, the article makes it sound as if general practice physicians can't keep up with the literature, so they just give whatever the patient asks for. The true reason doctors often give patients the drug they request rather than one of the doctor's choosing in this age of direct to consumer advertising is that there's a strong placebo affect with anti-depressants. Give a patient a drug they believe to be inferior and it won't work. Give them one they believe to be superior and they're more likely to get better.

Um, excuse me? GPs actually CAN'T keep up with psychiatric literature. How could they? Does this one think she can? Talk about arrogance and stupidity!

The condescension in her post! "Psych problems: they're all in your head! Give the patient dog treats and he'll get better as long as he's seen some slick advertising for them."

I think this is an unbridgeable gulf. I don't know how to deal with such a physician except by not going to see her for anything, and certainly not for any sort of mental health issue.




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