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Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX? linkadge

Posted by Phillipa on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:17

In reply to Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?, posted by linkadge on June 18, 2010, at 21:11:20

From what I know I feel it's true. One I saw did committ suicide by carbon monoxide. Phillipa ps he was always trying to get me to up benzos said no

 

shrinks self-destruction...

Posted by Christ_empowered on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

In reply to Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?, posted by linkadge on June 18, 2010, at 21:11:20

Yeah, I've heard that they based the claim that shrinks have unusually high substance abuse, divorce, and suicide rates on some older data. From what I heard (granted, I read this online AND this was a while ago, so who knows if this is true...) the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has statisticians who have been keep track of all this BUT...not surprisingly...they've been refusing to release their numbers. Apparently, shrinks can justify forcing the "mentally ill" to undergo treatment by saying "its for their own good," and use selected studies to prove their point, but they don't like it when statistical analysis is applied to their own behavior. Hmmm...

To be fair, from what I understand, people in the higher levels of the medical professions (doctors, pharmacists, etc.) tend to have higher-than-average suicide rates. This is in part b/c they are still predominantly white (many minority groups have lower suicide rates b/c of greater community involvement and more supportive family structures), they make more money than the average person (both extreme poverty AND wealth drive up suicide rates; I believe both involve a reduced "stake in conformity" and a bit of "anomie"), there's less religious involvement (religious affiliation, especially the kind that gets you involved with other people on a regular basis, drives down suicide rates), and they have access to the drugs.
Within the medical profession, I've heard that pharmacists may have a higher suicide rate b/c they're kind of on the bottom of the totem poll (they get paid well, but there's less prestige and lots of stress), and they're surrounded by drugs everyday. Shrinks, I imagine, would similarly suffer from being involved in a less-than-respected field of medicine; they earn less than other specialties (on average, I think about the same as a general practice physician) and they aren't given the same prestige as, say, a surgeon or a neurologist. Also, you can't ignore the fact that they are indoctrinated into a belief system that reduces emotions to chemicals and brain structure (I say "belief system" b/c adherence to this dogma varies within psychiatry and the proof for this belief system is still lacking).
Also, you have to think: what effect does drugging people up all day have on a person's psyche? And: what kind of a person goes into psychiatry in the first place? I've heard from other docs that psychiatrists often don't do as well in med school as, say, dermatologists, and they're often trained in foreign schools either a) b/c they are foreign (this is especially common in public health services) or b) they found foreign schools appealing b/c...umm..they could actually get in.
And..think: what kind of person would get an MD to practice a controversial branch of medicine that involves coercing or forcing people to take drugs that are known to be hazardous and are only somewhat effective? What kind of a doctor pursues a branch of medicine that involves destroying the very organ (the brain) they are supposed to working on?

Who know...sometimes I think the crappy lives some shrinks seem to have may be due to Karma or divine retribution.

 

Re: shrinks self-destruction...

Posted by Phillipa on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

In reply to shrinks+self-destruction..., posted by Christ_empowered on June 18, 2010, at 21:51:52

The one I knew also worked with him he was mostly adolescent. He also played in a band for fun. Used to drink a lot and they said he passed out in the garage with the car's motor running. Nice guy. Phillipa

 

Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?

Posted by mellow on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

In reply to OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?, posted by zonked on June 18, 2010, at 9:30:21

There are mentally ill people in all professions. I am willing to wager many people who get into mental health have a lot of empathy for the patient's/clients due to their own struggles or the struggles of a loved one.

When i asked my therapist why she got into counseling she said "b/c my family is really f*cked up and i wanted to help people who felt screwed up like me." We both laughed out loud!

It is also like an unspoken rule that to be a substance abuse counselor you have to be a recovered drunk/addict yourself. So there are some instances in the mental health field where it helps to have some battle scars. You can't teach people coping skills if you haven't learned your own from experience.

I've thought a lot about getting my masters degree in social work. Its a big commitment so my therapist suggested i volunteer first to get a feel for the mental health field. So i started bringing Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to a local pysch ward last year. It has been really cool and i have a lot of empathy for the patient's there b/c of all the stuff i have been through.

Maybe you could do some volunteer work first to see if you are suited for it.

Best of luck!

mellow

 

Re: yeah..some of them have probs..-To Med Emp

Posted by bulldog2 on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

In reply to Re: yeah..some of them have probs.., posted by bulldog2 on June 19, 2010, at 8:47:23

> Yeah, I've heard that they based the claim that shrinks have unusually high substance abuse, divorce, and suicide rates on some older data. From what I heard (granted, I read this online AND this was a while ago, so who knows if this is true...) the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has statisticians who have been keep track of all this BUT...not surprisingly...they've been refusing to release their numbers. Apparently, shrinks can justify forcing the "mentally ill" to undergo treatment by saying "its for their own good," and use selected studies to prove their point, but they don't like it when statistical analysis is applied to their own behavior. Hmmm...
>
> To be fair, from what I understand, people in the higher levels of the medical professions (doctors, pharmacists, etc.) tend to have higher-than-average suicide rates. This is in part b/c they are still predominantly white (many minority groups have lower suicide rates b/c of greater community involvement and more supportive family structures), they make more money than the average person (both extreme poverty AND wealth drive up suicide rates; I believe both involve a reduced "stake in conformity" and a bit of "anomie"), there's less religious involvement (religious affiliation, especially the kind that gets you involved with other people on a regular basis, drives down suicide rates), and they have access to the drugs.
> Within the medical profession, I've heard that pharmacists may have a higher suicide rate b/c they're kind of on the bottom of the totem poll (they get paid well, but there's less prestige and lots of stress), and they're surrounded by drugs everyday. Shrinks, I imagine, would similarly suffer from being involved in a less-than-respected field of medicine; they earn less than other specialties (on average, I think about the same as a general practice physician) and they aren't given the same prestige as, say, a surgeon or a neurologist. Also, you can't ignore the fact that they are indoctrinated into a belief system that reduces emotions to chemicals and brain structure (I say "belief system" b/c adherence to this dogma varies within psychiatry and the proof for this belief system is still lacking).
> Also, you have to think: what effect does drugging people up all day have on a person's psyche? And: what kind of a person goes into psychiatry in the first place? I've heard from other docs that psychiatrists often don't do as well in med school as, say, dermatologists, and they're often trained in foreign schools either a) b/c they are foreign (this is especially common in public health services) or b) they found foreign schools appealing b/c...umm..they could actually get in.
> And..think: what kind of person would get an MD to practice a controversial branch of medicine that involves coercing or forcing people to take drugs that are known to be hazardous and are only somewhat effective? What kind of a doctor pursues a branch of medicine that involves destroying the very organ (the brain) they are supposed to working on?
>
> Who know...sometimes I think the crappy lives some shrinks seem to have may be due to Karma or divine retribution.
>
>

You need not reply as this is my last post. Dr. Bob you need not block me as this is my last post.

Mr. Christ Empowered what I see you doing is one of the reasons I do not like religion or follow any particular denomination. I am not against God as I have my own way of understanding the universise.

My points of contention with you.

1. You have brought a religious agenda into a med room which is inappropriate. You have the right to your beliefs but you have become arrogant to others here and just bash everything to your delight.

2. The belief in God is faith based and not a proven science. You bring the premise in here that since you have seen the light it must be true. No that is what you believe.

3. The belief in Christ is also faith based and the claims of what he has done and that he has arisen from the dead are faith based. there are many religions in here that are also faith based that do not believe your faith based religion.

4. You have seen the light may make it the truth for you but it is not my truth or the truth of millions around the world.

5. You are having fun bashing psychiatry and medicine but let's look at Christianity. There were Crusades in the name of Christ that brought warfare around the wrold. There was anti semitism in Europe that killed millions of Jews. You breed intolerance and Christianity has stirred constant warfare and hatred against others who do not believe.

6. You have the nerve to come in here and bash psychiatry. You have nothing better to do. You play lose with facts. I was never forced to take meds and I know many in here were not forced. It is possible in institutions that the insane were forced. But millions of us have gone voluntarily to the p-doc and voluntarily taken meds.

7. This is your belief and may be the truth for you and others but for many is not the truth. Science cannot not yet prove the things you call the truth.

8. you need to be in a room that deals in issues of religion. Perhaps issues of intolerance that have been perpetiated by the church and led to warfare and the death of millions needs to be addressed.

9. Personally you have offended me by bringing a religious agenda into a room where people come for info on meds. I don't care if you found the answer in Christ as that is not relevant in this room.

10. I will be blocked for not being civil but I don't feel like being civil to you. You are arrogant and have bullied your way arround this room. You have intimidated people with your attitude. No one has had the courage to call you on your faith based agenda. Nothing is more faith based than religion and you have the gall to bash psychiatry for not being scientific enough for you.

11. Goodbye to babble as I have learned enough to know my road. Christ emp maybe you got better because you empowered yourself.

12. To Dr. Bob. Personally I feel the way he uses his name is offensive to us of other religions as we have Hindu, muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and many other faiths who think they have found the way.

13. To Christ empowered being arrogant is not the way Christ would have wanted his followers to be.

14. Farwell to babble as I have been here many years. But as usual there is a time to bid farwell and to all of those who know the ultimate truth.

 

bulldog....

Posted by mrtook on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

In reply to Re: yeah..some of them have probs..-To Med Emp, posted by bulldog2 on June 19, 2010, at 8:51:54

Don't go....that might have been the point all along....

 

Re: shrinks self-destruction...

Posted by mrtook on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

In reply to shrinks+self-destruction..., posted by Christ_empowered on June 18, 2010, at 21:51:52

> Yeah, I've heard that they based the claim that shrinks have unusually high substance abuse, divorce, and suicide rates on some older data. From what I heard (granted, I read this online AND this was a while ago, so who knows if this is true...) the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has statisticians who have been keep track of all this BUT...not surprisingly...they've been refusing to release their numbers. Apparently, shrinks can justify forcing the "mentally ill" to undergo treatment by saying "its for their own good," and use selected studies to prove their point, but they don't like it when statistical analysis is applied to their own behavior. Hmmm...
>
> To be fair, from what I understand, people in the higher levels of the medical professions (doctors, pharmacists, etc.) tend to have higher-than-average suicide rates. This is in part b/c they are still predominantly white (many minority groups have lower suicide rates b/c of greater community involvement and more supportive family structures), they make more money than the average person (both extreme poverty AND wealth drive up suicide rates; I believe both involve a reduced "stake in conformity" and a bit of "anomie"), there's less religious involvement (religious affiliation, especially the kind that gets you involved with other people on a regular basis, drives down suicide rates), and they have access to the drugs.
> Within the medical profession, I've heard that pharmacists may have a higher suicide rate b/c they're kind of on the bottom of the totem poll (they get paid well, but there's less prestige and lots of stress), and they're surrounded by drugs everyday. Shrinks, I imagine, would similarly suffer from being involved in a less-than-respected field of medicine; they earn less than other specialties (on average, I think about the same as a general practice physician) and they aren't given the same prestige as, say, a surgeon or a neurologist. Also, you can't ignore the fact that they are indoctrinated into a belief system that reduces emotions to chemicals and brain structure (I say "belief system" b/c adherence to this dogma varies within psychiatry and the proof for this belief system is still lacking).
> Also, you have to think: what effect does drugging people up all day have on a person's psyche? And: what kind of a person goes into psychiatry in the first place? I've heard from other docs that psychiatrists often don't do as well in med school as, say, dermatologists, and they're often trained in foreign schools either a) b/c they are foreign (this is especially common in public health services) or b) they found foreign schools appealing b/c...umm..they could actually get in.
> And..think: what kind of person would get an MD to practice a controversial branch of medicine that involves coercing or forcing people to take drugs that are known to be hazardous and are only somewhat effective? What kind of a doctor pursues a branch of medicine that involves destroying the very organ (the brain) they are supposed to working on?
>
> Who know...sometimes I think the crappy lives some shrinks seem to have may be due to Karma or divine retribution.
>
>

I get that you don't like shrinks.

What I don't get is why you followed up a well reasoned analysis of higher suicide rates in certain classes and professions with a diatribe against shrinks. Consider what you are saying about our host Dr. Bob? Do you wish him ill?

I would imagine the real reason psyciatry is not a first choice for graduating med students has more to do with dealing with the patients. (the 3 am pages, the mistrust, and having me as a patient.) as well as being relatively under payed.

 

Re: bulldog....- I Will Be Your Martyr mrtook

Posted by bulldog2 on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

In reply to bulldog...., posted by mrtook on June 19, 2010, at 9:48:31

> Don't go....that might have been the point all along....


I understand that people don't want to to be punished for being uncivil.

I will be your martyr and take the stiffest punishment that Dr. Bob will assign to me. That I will not tolerate religious intolerance and allow people coming in here flauting their faith and boasting of they have seen the light and they know the truth. The rest of my grievances against Christ Emp can be read in my post.

My time is running out to those who are my friends before Dr. Bob comes down on me with a punishment that will entail my banishment from babble.

Farewell my friends. Some have already written their support. Thank you.

 

Re: shrinks self-destruction...

Posted by zonked on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

In reply to Re: shrinks+self-destruction..., posted by mrtook on June 19, 2010, at 9:54:58

Hmm.

I have never been forced to take medication against my will; then again I have never been violent or physically self destructive--when I've been offered meds I didn't want to take I simply told the doctor I didn't feel comfortable with a particular drug and moved on.

I think if you want to become a psychiatrist or NP, you need to spend a lot of time on a psych unit treating disorders spanning the entire DSM (and beyond) I'd feel uncomfortable dealing with violent or highly psychotic patients..

I totally get why psychiatrists are stressed--what if (like me) repeated med trials didn't work? Or if the treatment caused intolerable or adverse side effects? Or if a patient achieved remission and a med stopped working; or worse, a patient paid the ultimate price for a treatment not working soon or well enough?

Cut psychiatrists a break. Yeah, there are good and bad pdocs like any other profession.

Some of us need medication in order to function. No amount of therapy, deep breathing, religion, good diet and exercise or vitamins will ever be enough to pull some of us out of our misery. I wish they worked alone but are only complementary therapies for me, and only with meds as a foundation--and when the meds are working, they do help.

(Except religion. I am a secular humanist/agnostic. Oh, and deep breathing has never worked either! Heh.)

Having said that, I do think too many people reach for meds too soon, people without clinical affective disorders, but that is a complex issue--it is the fault of the pharma industry, many psychiatrists who need their money to do research, and an American government which does not properly regulate pharmaceutical advertising or properly fund or regulate psychiatric research so it is not excessively influenced by profit motives.

This has been a *great* thread for--I'll continue to keep myself educated as long as I am a patient, but I don't think I'd want the responsibility of caring for the mental health of strangers, even if I was well for a long time....

-z

 

Re: shrinks self-destruction... zonked

Posted by chujoe on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

In reply to Re: shrinks+self-destruction..., posted by zonked on June 19, 2010, at 10:27:49

Well-said, Zonked! An eloquent call for moderation and understanding.

 

Re: shrinks self-destruction...

Posted by Justherself54 on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

In reply to shrinks+self-destruction..., posted by Christ_empowered on June 18, 2010, at 21:51:52

> Yeah, I've heard that they based the claim that shrinks ......

From what I heard (granted, I read this online AND this was a while ago, so who knows if this is true...) the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has statisticians ....

> Within the medical profession, I've heard that pharmacists....

> I've heard from other docs that psychiatrists often don't do as well in med school as, say, dermatologists.....

I gather from reading some of your posts that you are very young and I believe you stated you have been med free for 3 months. There is a saying "don't believe everything you hear".

I know you are obviously very passionate about your position that faith can heal, however, you must respect that others don't share the same belief system as you.

You seem to believe that many psychiatrists are somehow inferior to other medical doctors, and get their degrees from foreign countries. Are you saying that foreign countries don't produce trained professionals?

I don't believe that my psychiatrist entered his profession to destroy my brain. To read some of your comments at first angered and offended me and then I remembered how young you are and have been med free for a grand total of three months.

Life's lessons are the greatest teacher and you have just started on your journey. There are many members of babble who are great teachers..it may serve you better to listen to what they have to say.

 

Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?

Posted by Elanor Roosevelt on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

In reply to OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?, posted by zonked on June 18, 2010, at 9:30:21

perhaps you can return to the work you are familiar with and do some volunteer work in a psychiatric clinic to help you decide whether you want to persue your NP studies

I think that people who have had their own struggles are more likely to be compassionate care takers. it sounds like you might be a fine candidate for this.
good luck

 

Re: Profession with highest rates..

Posted by Phillipa on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:20

In reply to Re: shrinks+self-destruction..., posted by mrtook on June 19, 2010, at 9:54:58

Just googled highest rate and it's physicians and females over males due to knowing what meds and stigma of society. Interesting as my pdoc didn't hesitate to tell me she takes pristiq. And the surgeon got the name of the RN's doc for me. Phillipa

 

Re: being blocked again

Posted by Dr. Bob on June 20, 2010, at 3:25:34

In reply to Re: yeah..some of them have probs..-To Med Emp, posted by bulldog2 on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

> you have become arrogant to others here
>
> You breed intolerance
>
> You play lose with facts.

Would anyone be willing to try to show bulldog how he might rephrase the above or to encourage him to apologize? You may have the power to help him avoid being blocked again.

mrtook, thanks for having tried already.

--

> To Dr. Bob. Personally I feel the way he uses his name is offensive to us of other religions as we have Hindu, muslim, Buddhist, Jewish and many other faiths who think they have found the way.

I think his name is OK. It's not "Christ_is_the_only_way"...

Bob

 

Self destruction Christ_empowered

Posted by Dinah on June 20, 2010, at 8:03:02

In reply to shrinks self-destruction..., posted by Christ_empowered on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

> Who know...sometimes I think the crappy lives some shrinks seem to have may be due to Karma or divine retribution.

That doesn't seem like something the God I worship would do to people who are trying to help others, no matter how misguided you believe their help may be. Even Job, which is not one of my favorite books of the bible, makes the point that the misfortune of others should not be blamed on them, or seen as God's punishment.

People from all walks of lives life crappy lives. And sadly those who most put themselves in the way of trying to help others open themselves to the pain around them, and often have their own lives affected by this. With the occasional exception that is true in any field, I think doctors have a desire to help their patients, not harm them.

I'm sorry if you feel yourself harmed by the actions of psychiatrists. When I'm in those situations, I try to remember what God would have me do. I pray for wisdom and knowledge and compassion for those who I feel hurt by, and for myself as well. (If you wish to share the good news of Jesus Christ that you have found in your life, mightn't the best way be to show, by example, his grace and the peace you have found in it?)

 

Why a martyr? bulldog2

Posted by Dinah on June 20, 2010, at 8:12:38

In reply to Re: bulldog....- I Will Be Your Martyr mrtook, posted by bulldog2 on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:19

If you're blocked, your voice is stilled. Do you really think that helps others as much as allowing your voice to continue to be heard?

At times I find Babble, and human interaction, a bit overstimulating, and I need a break from Babble. My therapist encourages me to step away from Babble until I can engage here productively again.

If you need a break, it's fine to take one. But wouldn't you rather take one on your own terms, not Dr. Bob's?

You say that others have written their support. Are you saying they support you martyring yourself for them by having your voice silenced by a block, for things they are unwilling to be blocked to say? I support you to remain here, and to phrase your thoughts in such a way that you can continue to be heard. I can't help but think that would be a better choice for those who agree with your point of view.

Martyrdom, freely chosen, is highly overrated, IMO. Certainly there are times when it is not freely chosen. But I don't see this as one of those times when there is no other way to stay true to your beliefs. It's possible to express your opinions while staying within the civility guidelines. If you don't wish to, that's fine and it's your choice. But I don't see how it's a better way to exercise your principles.

 

Re: Why a martyr?

Posted by bulldog2 on June 20, 2010, at 8:28:55

In reply to Why a martyr? bulldog2, posted by Dinah on June 20, 2010, at 8:12:38

> If you're blocked, your voice is stilled. Do you really think that helps others as much as allowing your voice to continue to be heard?
>
> At times I find Babble, and human interaction, a bit overstimulating, and I need a break from Babble. My therapist encourages me to step away from Babble until I can engage here productively again.
>
> If you need a break, it's fine to take one. But wouldn't you rather take one on your own terms, not Dr. Bob's?
>
> You say that others have written their support. Are you saying they support you martyring yourself for them by having your voice silenced by a block, for things they are unwilling to be blocked to say? I support you to remain here, and to phrase your thoughts in such a way that you can continue to be heard. I can't help but think that would be a better choice for those who agree with your point of view.
>
> Martyrdom, freely chosen, is highly overrated, IMO. Certainly there are times when it is not freely chosen. But I don't see this as one of those times when there is no other way to stay true to your beliefs. It's possible to express your opinions while staying within the civility guidelines. If you don't wish to, that's fine and it's your choice. But I don't see how it's a better way to exercise your principles.

I appreciate the support of others for my viewpoint and not my martyrdom. But Dr. Bob has just threatened me with being blocked if I do not rephrase my words. No I will not as those are my words and how I chose to phrase them. I knew this would happen just a bit later. I appreciate the support of all and Goodbye again.Farewell to all and good luck.

 

Re: Why a martyr? bulldog2

Posted by Dinah on June 20, 2010, at 9:20:40

In reply to Re: Why a martyr?, posted by bulldog2 on June 20, 2010, at 8:28:55

I can respect the choices people make, even if they aren't the ones I would make.

I hope that when your block is up, that you choose to return and add your voice to the discussion again. But if you don't choose that, I wish you all the best.

 

wording of pubic 'rephrasing requests' Dr. Bob

Posted by violette on June 20, 2010, at 11:05:49

In reply to Re: being blocked again, posted by Dr. Bob on June 20, 2010, at 3:25:34

Bob,

"Would anyone be willing to try to show bulldog how he might rephrase the above or to encourage him to apologize?"

Is there anyway you could reword your phrases so that do not resemble parental shaming techniques?

The technique you have been using here is similar to shaming done by families. Whether 'shaming' people into compliance with your version of civility is or is not your intentions, I'm triggered by the way you go about this. Some people who were repeatedly shamed as children end up shaming others as adults. Considering that, and the mental health effects caused by the shaming behavior of family memnbers, it does not seem appropriate for a mental health community. Even though these are not personally directed at me, I find the way this is done to be upsetting, offending, and it may be hurtful to community members who are sensitive to this type of behavior.

shaming:
1 : to bring shame to : disgrace <shamed the family name>
2 : to put to shame by outdoing
3 : to cause to feel shame
4 : to force by causing to feel guilty <shamed into confessing>

"Believing that making you ashamed would motivate you to behave as they wished (The demands of a dysfunctional shame-bound family are irrational and inconsistent, for the family only knows it is unhappy and does not know what would make things better. The child becomes the scapegoat for the family's incompetency in solving its problems-in-living.), your parents intended you to feel shame about yourself for your "bad" behavior. Sometimes, they even rationalized that shaming you was "for your own good."

http://www.psychsight.com/ar-shame.html

 

Re: shrinks self-destruction... Christ_empowered

Posted by violette on June 20, 2010, at 11:30:23

In reply to shrinks self-destruction..., posted by Christ_empowered on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:18

"And: what kind of a person goes into psychiatry in the first place? I've heard from other docs that psychiatrists often don't do as well in med school as, say, dermatologists, and they're often trained in foreign schools either a) b/c they are foreign (this is especially common in public health services) or b) they found foreign schools appealing b/c...umm..they could actually get in.
And..think: what kind of person would get an MD to practice a controversial branch of medicine that involves coercing or forcing people to take drugs that are known to be hazardous and are only somewhat effective? What kind of a doctor pursues a branch of medicine that involves destroying the very organ (the brain) they are supposed to working on?"

What kind of person? What kind of doctor? It doesn't seem fair to generalize all those who enter the profession. I agree with you that SOME may get in for the wrong reasons or because they were not able to get into the more highly-competitve fields, as other professions, (for example, someone might go into the field because they enjoy the power of people) but it seems like you painted a broad brush over psychiatry professionals. Yes, other clinical fields can be more desirable to some and are higher paying, come with less hassles and more prestige...I also have heard other physicians look down on the profession as you stated.

HOWEVER-my pdoc always wanted to be a psychiatrist. When I was a child-I wanted to be a psychiatrst due to my experience with a severely mentally ill family member. I didn't pursue the career for logistal and other reasons, but some go into the profession due to their experiences with mental illness with the desire to help people who are suffering. Some of those with these intentions might realize the scientific and other problems and perhaps wish to change the system with intentions to improve the treatment of those with mental illnesses-to improve the quality of their lives.

Some psychiatric drugs might contribute to "destroying the brain" but some psychiatrists I know are committed to helping heal the brain. A psychiatrist can't go back and change history and research before they were born, and intend set out to do the best they can in a health care system they do not have complete control over. Doctors in other clinical fields use drugs that destroy the body or brain too. Doctors cannot feasibly practice medicine and simultaneously create their own drugs. Doctors are tied by the tools they have available and the system and have to practice using those tools along with their training, education, and experience.

I have personally experienced psychiatrists who are sub-par in many ways, and have also experienced the best of them. It's just not fair to label all those in the profession with phrases like "what kind of person goes into psychiatry in the first place"...My psychiatrist has the best intentions for my wellness and is one of the most compassionate, kind human beings I have ever known. I'd bet he isn't the only psychiatrist in the entire world with those qualities.

 

Re: wording of pubic 'rephrasing requests' violette

Posted by Phillipa on June 20, 2010, at 23:09:58

In reply to Re: wording of pubic 'rephrasing requests' Emily Elizabeth, posted by violette on June 20, 2010, at 22:48:53

Too funny violette if you hadn't just posted that I never ever would have seen it!!!!!! Phillipa

 

Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX? zonked

Posted by Katzenjam52 on June 21, 2010, at 0:48:54

In reply to OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX?, posted by zonked on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:15

Absolutely you can become a mental health professional with a DX. In fact, it can actually be advantageous to know firsthand how the System functions, how patients might feel being diagnosed, or given, a mental health diagnosis.
I myself am a recovering Borderline, if a borderline can ever recover, first of all from the diagnosis, or the instance of being diagnosed, secondly, from a lifetime of feeling bad about self, and being extremely, Overly, emotional, and unable to stop oneself from acting out on impulses, and speaking impulsively, and recovering from that, a lifetime of feeling badly about oneself, let me tell you, that is a Work; a bloody work of art, a work of intricate entanglement with the wiring of one's brain and psyche, and a second lifetime of working on fine tuning of one's brain and emotions, of learning the trickery of having emotion and not allowing it to drown one's sense of self. Of find oneself.
Can you imagine experience and reality like this NOT being advantageous working in the mental health field? What a help to others who're also suffering and not understanding WHY they think they need to suffer .... to be able to explain this, and to help others turn their boat around ... well ... nothing more needs be said.
Except this.
Self-analysis was, at one time, the foundation of psychoanalytical training.
And I, even with my boderline Dx, am helpful to others with a borderline Dx.

to an exT
If I choose to be.
And all mental health professionals need to make the CHOICE to have the "patients" that they do. In years and years and years of bad practice by a very great many psychologists have resulted in indeterminate numbers of destinies foundering on the rocks of the soulcrushing, backbreaking grey sea.

 

Oh, Effing Eff It

Posted by Katzenjam52 on June 21, 2010, at 1:00:13

In reply to Re: OT: Can you become a MH professional if you've had a DX? zonked, posted by Katzenjam52 on June 21, 2010, at 0:48:54

All I really meant to say, is that it's hard work and important work to KNOW MYSELF and to mature past being a "borderline" personality, which is a VERY poor label that should really be renamed Emotional Dysregulation Syndrome ... and because I know what it is to have this set of symptoms, I constantly work on fine-tuning my emotional responses so they more closely resemble a model of reality that doesn't completely emotionally crush me .. and the learning and the mastery of this, makes me helpful to others who struggle with the same syndrome .. learning myself has been my path to healing ... and it is teachable ... and I am still very, very, EXTREMELY angry with a certain "therapist", "doctor" who is a fraud, and who hurt me, and others, terribly along the way.

 

BTW: :The Therapist

Posted by Katzenjam52 on June 21, 2010, at 1:08:24

In reply to Oh, Effing Eff It, posted by Katzenjam52 on June 21, 2010, at 1:00:13

This person though, he is not alone, he is by no means the only therapist who has cut a swathe of pain to add to humanity's burdens in this way. And I am quite, quite sure, that mental health professionals have, in the past as well as the present, excused themselves with platitudes with the geography of self-forgiveness, and satisfaction with the numbers they have helped not hindered, and comfort in believing they did their best.
But it is never best to hurt others, because those hurt ones will go on and hurt others as well, and the cycle of pain continues until something good or something bad happens.
And that is what mental health professionals need to know, learn and understand.
But learning cannot come without a price, not true learning. The lesson is in the experience, the wisdom comes from the understanding, and that can only happen with empathy and experience.
And I'm sick of all the stigmas placed on the mentally ill, when the mentally ill are the canaries in the coalmine.

 

Re: yeah..some of them have probs.. Christ_empowered

Posted by Katzenjam52 on June 21, 2010, at 1:12:05

In reply to yeah..some of them have probs.., posted by Christ_empowered on June 20, 2010, at 2:48:15

All kinds of "sane", "healthy", "happy" people have issues that make them frightening IRL. All sorts of abuses are committed by all kinds of people, and it's really very sad when these people slip into the "caring" professions and are able to abuse others.


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