Posted by violette on June 24, 2010, at 20:46:58 [reposted on June 25, 2010, at 15:38:49 | original URL]
In reply to Re: Cool Psych Test » violette, posted by Dinah on June 24, 2010, at 7:13:40
I forgot to ask you Dinah, is your therapist and/or the group he is associated with--the ones who felt inclined towards the schizotypal diagnosis--psychodynamically oriented? And was your next psychiatrist (is this your current?) psychodynamic/psychoanalytic or 'conventional'?
Just curious about your case and if different types of PDocs account for different diagnoses. My PDoc had psychoanalytic training, but he is really good with meds and keeps up on research. (the fact he himself takes meds may have a positive influence too). He also treats some patients as a conventional psych w/o therapy, though he told me he usually spends considerable time talking to them anyway (rather than the 10-15 minute check ups I had in the past with conventional psychs). He is eclectic and a life learner, adapted his clinical methods over the 35 some yaers he has been practicing...and those qualities are of great importance to me.
All my PDocs prior to him were conventional--I could not go back to drs. with that background after my experience with my current doctor. Doctors psychoanalytically trained or certified have spent additional years of education about childhood development and psychology on top of ug school, med school, residency, etc. I'm not surprised doctors with this background are more scarce. Seeing a non-conventional psychiatrist has made all the difference in the world to me.
I also think its relevant there are many psychiatrists who have little education in psychology, undergraduate degrees can be in just about anything for med school acceptance...I am very surpised conventional psychiatry doesn't seem to address possible underlying psychological problems, regardless of undergraduate education. At least in my experience, they had not. After practicing for decades, my PDoc observed that mental health issues worsen as patients age, for the most part, and oh how I wish I found him a decade ago! I can say I consider myself to be very lucky to have found him and to be addressing childhood issues that were never looked into by other psychiatrists. :)
Hmm. Maybe someone else who posts here will be influenced and seek a more psychologically-oriented-psychodynamic psychiatrist and benefit from a change too... (?)
"My therapist and I have had a running battle on schizotypal personality disorder. He and the psychiatrist who was associated with his group thought I had schizotypal personality disorder. I disagreed. My next psychiatrist looked at me a bit severely when I asked about it, and said that I absolutely didn't have schizotypal personality disorder, and that at most I might have schizoid or schizotypal traits." Dinah