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Re: Anyone ever get attached to their pdoc?

Posted by Roslynn on November 7, 2018, at 14:12:29

In reply to Re: Anyone ever get attached to their pdoc?, posted by alexandra_k on November 6, 2018, at 15:18:40

> Hey.
> I have had clinicians retire or leave before I was ready to stop working with them, and I took it pretty hard, at times, yeah.
Thank was sort of sudden/unexpected (at least on my end).

> It's can be a bit like grieving. At least, it was a bit like grieving, for me. Moments of realisation when I'd catch myself thinking that I would tell x that, or whatever. It does pass... But it can take some time, yeah.

I think it is a lot like grieving..this person was in your life and now they won't be.

> It can be hardest when there is a role that a person plays in your life that you still need to be filled and when there isn't a replacement. I mean, there is a sense in which the person isn't replaceable... But there is a sense in which the role they played can be... Do you still need to see a p-doc? Do you need to find a new one? Or is part of it about moving on from having a p-doc in your life at all?

Yes, that's a helpful way to look at it. I have a new pdoc but the old pdoc represented safety and stability for me. Also, a bit of an old-school pdoc in that they met with me for longer sessions. And always calling back promptly and having a strong system in place in case of emergencies.

My illness is serious enough that I will always need a pdoc due to the complexity of my med regimen. This is a little scary as there seems to be a shortage of psychiatrists, at least where I am.

Thank you so much for your reply :)

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