Posted by emmanuel98 on May 9, 2012, at 19:07:42
In reply to Re: Is the world finally waking up...., posted by Willful on May 9, 2012, at 17:32:47
My p-doc gets paid $115 (including my co-pay) to see my for an hour for therapy and med help. He has never discounted my complaints about side effects. He has tried everything reasonable. When he runs out of ideas, he sends me to a consultant who specializes in meds. He doesn't speak at dinners for pharmaceutical companies. He says he is not perfect on this, since he does attend the dinners, but he tends to ask a lot of questions and sometimes the speaker gets annoyed. He's a great, ethical guy with a ton of clinical experience. I realize there are bad p-docs out there, just like there are orthopedic surgeons happy to fuse your spine when evidence suggests this makes things worse, and oncologists happy to put you on a $100,000/yr drug that might extend your life by two months.
My experience, both with my p-doc and with p-docs I've seen in hospitals and for consultation, is that these guys and women are trained to listen and be empathic. They do the best they can with drugs that don't always work or don't always work well.
I hate this anti p-doc stuff on babble. Most p-docs want the best and try the best. The problem is that little is understood about the brain and mood disorders.