“When Psychiatrists Distrust Their Patients, Their Patients Can Only Respond In Kind”

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In The Frisky, Rebecca Vipond Brink recounts her experiences with various different types of mental health professionals as she seeks help with recovering from abuse. “I’ve been seeing psychiatrists — doctors whose purpose is primarily to examine and diagnose an emotional disorder or condition, then prescribe a plan of treatment, whether therapeutic or pharmaceutical — on and off for over half my life. The ratio of good to mediocre to bad experiences I’ve had with psychiatrists is roughly equal.”

Many of the psychiatrists, she says, have not even listened to her very attentively. “All of this has left me feeling more than a little suspicious about psychiatry,” writes Vipond Brink. “I felt like my psychiatrist had dismissed my opinions in her care plan, and had distrusted me and my word without me having given her any reason over the course of my treatment to do so. I felt like I had had no control over my care, and that feeling of a lack of control over what was a major part of my life was devastating — I have PTSD because of abuse and rape. Control over my body is important to me.”

When Psychiatrists Distrust Their Patients, Their Patients Can Only Respond In Kind (The Frisky, January 22, 2015)

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2 COMMENTS

  1. “The ratio of good to mediocre to bad experiences I’ve had with psychiatrists is roughly equal.”
    Either she is very lucky or I’m very unlucky or she set the bar really low. I can’t say I met one psychiatrist whom I’d trust with such a demanding task as throwing out garbage and maybe one psychologist who was worth anything (one and a half if I’m generous).

  2. “When Psychiatrists Distrust Their Patients, Their Patients Can Only Respond In Kind.” I agree, once I’d been handed over my medical records proving my doctor didn’t “believe” me, and had actually never listened to a word I said, and had been drugging me based completely upon lies from alleged child molesters. Well, of course I knew to get away from all the child molestation covering up doctors. Thankfully some decent nurses had handed over the medical evidence of the abuse.

    How embarrassing for me I had not realized one of the primary functions of the psychiatric industry was covering up the sexual abuse of small children (85% of schizophrenics have dealt with “adverse childhood experiences”). And I think we should, as a society ask ourselves, do we really need an industry who has seemingly chosen to make their primary function within society, the stigmatization and tranquilization of child abuse victims? Wouldn’t our society be a better place if we put the child abusers in jail instead?