Posted by zonked on June 23, 2010, at 10:30:50
In reply to Factors that affect the meds you get, posted by Christ_empowered on June 22, 2010, at 22:44:51
You summed that up really well!
Perfect example: I see a pdoc in a clinic that largely serves indigents and people on government insurance, and have found out that docs CANNOT prescribe Xanax (which is the most effective benzo I've ever used with the least side effects) or stimulants for ADD. Now, that is f-up--I think part of the reason for my recent destabilization was becaused I'd moved, could no longer see my previous pdoc (Medicaid county changed), and had to stop Adderall abruptly--which is never a good idea.
Looking in the waiting room, and talking to patients in there, my easy guess is that they have to deal with a lot of substance abuse and consider illegal diversion of psychotropics. It's just too bad that I have to pay the price for the irresponsibility of others. If I ever want to add a stimulant, I'm going to have to find an experienced psychiatrist/psychopharmacologist who takes Medicare and Medicaid...
I'm looking forward to being well enough to work, get off SSDI and government insurance, so I really can choose my own
doctor and clinic.
I wish I could say "after 4 drugs, your p-doc will listen to your suggestions," but...that's not the case. It depends on SO MANY factors. This is one reason I have serious problems with psychiatry and psychiatrists. Here are some factors that will affect the drugs you get:
> 1) your age 2) your race 3) your gender 4) your shrink's age, sex, and gender 5) when your shrink went to medical school 6) your previous diagnosis/diagnoses 7) your current diagnosis 8) your socio-economic status 9) whether you are dealing with a public health, prviate practice (insurance) or "self-pay" (no-insurance, out-of-pocket only) shrink. 10) history of substance abuse (and how your shrink views people w/ history of substance abuse) 11) your real or perceived risk of suicidal or violent behavior 12)what the drug companies are telling your doc (and how pretty the reps are)
> So, there you have it.