Posted by Quintal on November 18, 2006, at 17:01:05
In reply to Re: Doctors underestimate our intelligence/knowled, posted by Racer on November 18, 2006, at 13:37:30
I agree very much with your post Racer. It sounds like arrogance when I say I know more and have more experience of what works for *me* after being in treatment for seven years than my last pdoc. My last pdoc wasn't much older than myself, was a recent graduate and tried to pull some sneaky moves on me that made my hackles rise right from the start [Sure Mr. Pdoc, Zyprexa is a regular antidepressant just like Prozac.....].
Personally, I started to learn about pharmaceuticals and neurotransmitters because I was curious and at one point became so enthusiastic that (encouraged by my then wise, experienced and kindly pdoc) I decided to go back to college and train to be a doctor myself.
I am able to work together with my pdoc as a team so long as I feel the pdoc is genuine has my best interests at heart, otherwise I begin to feel like a passive victim and when the meds fail or have terrible side effects it feels much like chemical torture.
I would dearly like to be able to find a pdoc that really did have some useful experience behind him, but that isn't the case where I live so I feel forced to take initiative and request my own treatments. It's worthwhile remembering not all pdocs are created equal.