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Here's some of the things she said:
>futility of trying to talk directly to white people about race, calling it a “waste of our breath.”
> “There are no good apples out there. White people make my blood boil.”
> “I systematically white-ghosted most of my white friends, and I got rid of the couple white BIPOCs that snuck in my crew, too,”
> “I had fantasies of unloading a revolver into the head of any white person that got in my way, burying their body and wiping my bloody hands as I walked away relatively guiltless with a bounce in my step, like I did the world a favor,” she said, adding an expletive.
This crazy, racist, homicidal psychiatrist is a danger to patients.
As I remember, the Neurology resident who tweeted a long time ago that she would purposely "give the wrong medications to Jewish people" lost her medical license forever.
For context: I'm a 17 year old female student who takes the IB and gets good grades somehow
Just when I hit a hundred karma on this other post I made about an ADHD struggle, my psychiatrist has told me that my ADHD diagnosis is not a priority and that based on the answered questionnaires from my teachers, my mom, and me, it was very inconsistent -- shifting from elevated score of hyperactivity to inattention or to no problems at all. This lack of clarity basically made my psychiatrist doubtful about me ADHD which is literally the opposite of how he acted when I first talked about my struggles and problems. He literally said and I quote "There's a 95% chance of you having ADHD. You're like the textbook definition of ADHD." Then here comes the questionnaire answers with ALL of my teachers being like "What? ADHD? The student doesn't have any problems at all! We have no concerns! The grades are great!" And I just can't help but feel like my struggles are being invalidated just because my teachers think I'm so organized and so driven when in fact I do ALL of my work in the last minute, I have consistent bursts of energy when it comes to work, I am only driven by interest, I forget my deadlines or I PURPOSELY do my work an hour before a deadline for the adrenaline to kick in and actually START DOING WORK. BUT OF COURSE! OF COURSE! THEY DON'T KNOW THAT BECAUSE I PUT UP A FRONT! Because they think I'm so polite and I have NO PROBLEMS! NO PROBLEMS AT ALL! I have been suffering and it's not just now because I'm in an academically rigorous program, I have struggled with this since primary school when I've struggled to do my tasks on time and actually get the work done. But of course! They all think it's depression! Anxiety! OCD!
Not only that, I have spent the entire year so far researching about ADHD from scholarly articles to endless hunts of ADHD related posts on social media. As a kid, my mom even told me that a doctor told her I was displaying symptoms of ADHD. I have created a 15,000 word research report on ADHD and how much this related to all of my symptoms in my life. I was looking forward to sharing everything with my psychiatrist but I didn't even get a chance to, it took me five months to actually see a psychiatrist to consult him about ADHD. If I look further back, it took me five years to actually visit a mental health professional consistently. I've endlessly came to this subreddit back and forth for some comfort since somehow with this community, I... keep reading on reddit ➡
Post: Would you guys like an Interview with Jordan Peterson? ( The post has been deleted but all the user said under the title was "Yay or Nay?")
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I (33m) think it would be nice to talk to a professional about everything that's inside my head, I've never done this before, (other than when my father passed away when I was 11. We just played games and she just made sure to ask me if I knew it wasn't my fault. But I already knew it wasn't my fault)
Other men who have talked to a psychiatrist... How?
I (15F) just went to my first psychiatrist appointment. After my therapist suggested the possibility of me having ADHD, my parents began searching for a psychiatrist for me, because my therapist insisted that only they could give me a diagnosis. Due to the pandemic, my parents really struggled to find a psychiatrist who was willing to take new patients, and we finally found a male psychiatrist who took new patients.
The entire appointment was awkward for me. He told my mom that he doubts it is ADHD, because she would have noticed it sooner, and he instead told me that I had some sort of executive dysfunction. He didn’t take my family history into account (both my brother and cousin have ADHD) or anything else I mentioned. He only said that it was too early to make any kind of diagnosis. He prescribed Wellbutrin for me (why did I get anti-depressants to treat suspected ADHD?), but I had another problem with that.
Besides the fact that he didn’t diagnose me with anything when he prescribed the medication, I struggle to swallow pills. It isn’t physical, I can swallow food no problem, but I cannot swallow pills for some reason. Every time I try to swallow one, even something small, I’m unable to. I recited this to the psychiatrist, and he told me this specifically:
“There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to take a pill. You’re a teenager, you eat candy, you aren’t autistic and you aren’t mentally retarded, so you should be able to swallow this pill. You’re just afraid of it! You don’t want to take pills or liquid medicine or anything like that, I get it, you want to be rebellious, but it’s just a pill.”
I felt really invalidated and uncomfortable the moment he told me this. He claims to specialize in ADHD and autism, and he uses a known derogatory word to describe them? I didn’t want to be his patient anymore.
I asked my parents if they could search for another one, but I am worried that I’m asking for too much, given how long it took to find this one. I asked a friend for her opinion, and she thought I was being overdramatic, whiny, and ungrateful. I’m not sure if I’m in the right or if I’m making a huge deal out of nothing.
Edit: This has come up a few times, so I figured it would be easier to explain in one edit rather than multiple replies. I understand that I won’t get diagnosed quickly, and I don’t mind that! Honestly, I was happy that I had a psychiatrist at all, given how difficult it was for my parents to find one. I’m more upset wi... keep reading on reddit ➡
Just kidding. But imagine an actual profession being so fragile that they adopt a title to intentionally confuse people into thinking they are something they are not.
By the way, did you know there are NO studies that show psychiatry residents performing neurosurgery independently have worse outcomes than neurosurgery attendings? Not a single one! - actual midlevel logic. We are really dealing with high-functioning glue sniffers here.
Join Physicians for Patient Protection to help support PPP as it fights back against the madness we are seeing! Midlevels lie. Patients die.
I am not religious, but i am spiritual so I'm sorry if this doesn't really fit here, please point me in the right direction.
Last week after two years of trying to be seen, I finally got into therapy and to see a psychiatrist. I suffer from MDD, GAD and psychotic episodes. At the beginning of the appointment I stated that religious abuse was a part of my abusive childhood. Everything went fine until he asked if I was religious. I said not really, if anything I'm wiccan, because I practice withcraft. He also asked if I ever did Acid, and when I said I did he had me explain the expirience to him.
The last 15 minutes of my session he asked me if anyone has ever spread the word of jesus to me. My mouth fell open. Yes, of course they have, that was part of the abuse! He then goes on to tell me that because I practice withcraft and have done acid, that I have invited demons into my soul and thats why I'm having hallucinations. i was literally stunned. He then tells me his "homework" is for me to go home and read the bible, that I would be happier if I accepted jesus into my heart. And then wrote my prescriptions for antipsychotics.
Needless to say he has been reported and I'm getting a new psychiatrist. I felt so trapped and cornered the last 15 minutes of a session that was suppose to help me. So if anyone is suffering badly from depression and psychosis, the answer is jesus and drugs. /s
I went to a psychiatrist for the first time today. I had quite high hopes because he has an incredible reputation and lots of good reviews online. I was sent there by my psychologist because she couldn't quite figure out what was wrong with me.
I had prepared quite well for the appointment, I had brought a list of the maybe-diagnoses my psychologist had given me and the corresponding symptoms. (For context: she diagnosed a medium depression, depersonalisation- and derealization syndrome, hallucinations and possibly psychosis)
When I said I brought a list, he said he'd rather I tell him about it myself. Fair enough, I tried to. He interrupted me before I could get into the second diagnosis on my list, telling me not to use words like "depersonalisation" for myself. Those words are for people that are really sick, not people like me.
He kept asking me what my boyfriend does and if he's mentally stable, if I'm happy with him. The appointment was supposed to last an hour, we were done in 15 minutes because he didn't ask me anything about me. He dismissed everything I said I was experiencing, he said I was making myself more sick than I actually was. He said I was a really sensitive, frail person and I shouldn't use medical terms to describe my symptoms.
He ended the appointment with a well-loved classic, I need to go on runs, it works just as well as an anti-depressant! I have chronic back issues and am not supposed to run. I told him that and got the "stop making yourself more sick than you are, you're young and healthy" speech again.
I'm so exhausted, that was such a terrible appointment and I feel so stupid now. I'll never go there again.
Edit: thank you all so much for your kind words, for the insight on your own experiences and your different views on this! I was really upset after my appointment but it really helped to be heard by so many people!
I want a psychiatrist so badly but not for "mental health" but for energies in my body that I can literally feel.
Like right now I have this mild kundalini-ish sense that makes me alternate from mild self-love and self-hate every 10 seconds. I mean that's literally what it feels like.
Or even an energy trainer, who can train me to control these things, or an energy scientist or an energy doctor, who can actually identify these sensory inputs and tell me where they are coming from, why and how, and how to deal with them.
I'm preventing this from becoming a rant. But sometimes I just can't wonder how nice it would be to not be alone in any of this.
sheesh. she sounds like fun.
Please can someone educate my neanderthal/overly cynical brain on this issue. I am reluctant to post this on a public forum visibly as a Dr (even anonymously) because in my experience the ADHD "community"/patient group can be rather vocal but I don't know where else to go for what I feel is an extremely complex area. Don't want to offend anyone.
I did a psychiatry placement recently and some of the new patient assessments ?ADHD from GPs came to me. Personally I feel it was wrong for me to get these as a non-specialist but that's a discussion for another day.
What I found remarkable was the level of scepticism from my supervising consultant about the diagnosis. He basically said that someone with ADHD pretty much cannot sit still and the majority of ?ADHD patients did not have ADHD but instead perhaps depression, or more generally a "life dissatisfaction", perhaps involving feelings of not meeting one's perceived potential. I do understand that there are separate inattentive and hyperactive elements of the diagnosis.
This rubbed off on me quite significantly and I have to admit I viewed many of these patients through a rather cynical lens. The standardised questionnaire (which I've forgotten the name of now) ALWAYS yielded "oftens" and "always" in response. To me ADHD is one of the few diagnoses, in all of medicine, that patients seem to actually want. No one wants to be told they have cancer, heart disease, or schizophrenia but I ALWAYS picked up on patients actively seeking an ADHD diagnosis. So much so that ADHD diagnosis-mills have popped up all over the country.
What I noticed in common with many of these patients was that they were young, male, did poorly at school and are not currently in a "career", and they took drugs - usually cannabis (fairly common) but remarkably LSD (yes that drug used in the 60s for people to "find themselves"). Being young with little job prospects, relatively poor social skills and no girlfriend in the age of social media must be pretty damn bleak. I can understand why you would turn to drugs and further understand, with the right nudges such as friends who have ADHD or reading about it on the internet, one could be convinced that they too have ADHD.
The fact that Adrian Chiles has very publicly declared himself ADHD-positive [https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/30/my-treatment-for-add-changed-my-life-so-why-cant-i-stop-worrying-about-it](https://www.theguardian.com/society/2020/sep/30/my-treatment-for... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hi all, I posted a few weeks back asking what to expect from an HIMS psychiatrist visit. Had my visit on Friday, and wanted to report back while the memory was fresh to help future people going through the same thing, because descriptions of what these visits involve are so sparse. Your mileage may vary, this was a visit for a history of anxiety.
The appointment was fairly well as described by others. It was a conversation, with him doing a lot more of the asking and me doing a lot more of the talking. It was very clear to me that he dedicated a lot of time and effort at the start of the appointment to building a rapport with me to get me to open up (e.g., saying things that indirectly signaled that he relates to me)--and, frankly, he was good at it.
We went over my background medical history in detail, family medical history, employment history, academic history, where I grew up, my memories and experiences growing up (earliest memory, traumatic memories, happy memories), my existence in my current community (friends, activities, my networks), the impact the pandemic has had on me, he dug a bit into my personal reactions to events based upon my past experiences (I know this is vague, but, for example, he might ask a doctor about how they deal with the fact that they can't treat everyone, and there are many patients out there who go without care), my experiences with anxiety (what I was there for), symptoms I had experienced in the past. He did not ask for any references (likely because I was there for anxiety, rather than alcohol/drugs). There were a few oddball questions--he had told me at the beginning that there weren't any trick questions, but a few (e.g., "Would it be fair to say that overall the pandemic has been good for your life?") felt like it. There was also a weird question where he asked me why I was different from the people I went to school with. Didn't really know how to answer that--tried something, and then just said I didn't think I was all that different. Didn't think of it at the time, but in retrospect, I guessed he was evaluating for narcissistic personality disorder (a narcissist would probably say they were much smarter and more accomplished than everyone they went to school with?). But, I just answered everything as honestly as I could.
No direct cognitive evaluation of any sort (e.g., remember these three words, list all the words that start with the letter A, etc.), though I'm sure he was indirectly evaluating cognitive ab... keep reading on reddit ➡
We'll see about that...
>She described speaking to a white person about race was like "demented, violent predator who thinks that they are a saint or a superhero, to accept responsibility". The New York-based psychiatrist told students at Yale University her grotesque fantasy of “unloading a revolver” into the head of a white person. She said that this would put “a bounce in my step”, adding that white people “make my blood boil”.
Another one consumed by the Critical Race Theory dogma....
Complete crazy audio rant here
Atleast a month*
Since they’re so harmless, they should literally have a taste of their own medicine before they’re able to prescribe anything. This also goes for the people who create the drugs. I bet research and treatment for mental health would change so fast.
I got a text reminder this morning about my appointment, I thought my time was at 11, it was at 10. I'm laid on the couch in my PJs enjoying a cup of coffee, it was just after 9am. I'm like "oh f*ck", threw on some clothes that were on the bedroom floor and flew out the door. I got to my psychiatrists office and everyone kept giving me weird looks, I sat down waiting still completely oblivious. My psychiatrist called me, the first thing he said was "your pants are inside out" and laughed. My husband didn't think to tell me either before I headed out.
Edit: All your responses have given me a good laugh!
(23f) January 2020 I was hospitalized because I was suicidal and had an intense panic attack. They put me on Paxil and Geodon(an antipsychotic, despite not having any psychotic symptoms). It was my first experience with psychiatry so i thought I could trust them and what they gave me so stupidly, I never researched the medications. I willingly took them everyday for almost 2 years. Now here we are June 2021 and my eyes are wide open. I met with a new psychiatrist that promised he would help me wean off these evil drugs and now he’s going back on his word now that I’m experiencing severe withdrawals and side effects which include: hallucinations, anxiety, nausea, paranoia, inability to concentrate etc. The hallucinations are the worst and something I’ve never experienced before. I just feel so betrayed by the medical industry because these medications caused problems I never had before and would’ve never experienced in my life had they properly medicated me. I have a long journey of recovery ahead of me getting off these meds seeing as some people say they experience side effects even years after discontinuation. I just feel so alone, confused, and taken advantage of. I could really use some support while I fight through these withdrawals from hell.
Keep on trucking.
So my psychiatrist. Seen him for over 8 years pulled my oarrs report saw I have my medical Marijuana card and said I'm tapering you off your Xanax extended release which I take for panic disorder and once done tapering you off discharging you as a patient. Mind you I've never missed an appointment. Never needed an early refill. Never misplaced my pills. Never asked for an upped dose. In over 8 years. Haven't even used my card since March when I got some super low thc high cbd stuff to try. I got it due to back pain and pcos. I explained I got stuff with cbd and thc for the back pain and I didn't like it and the way it made me feel and haven't used it since. I mainly got it for gummies and high cbd flower. I also told him I have been doing physical therapy and seeing a chiropractor weekly since this all started with my back too and I felt it was a better alternative then urgent care visits and er visits for pain meds everytime my back flares up and I can barely move. And he said well you can't use any other controlled substances and that's just it. He said I signed an agreement when I became a patient. Which would have been 8 years ago and at a different practice but same physician. I said do I have one on file now? And of course I don't, he said that's just the agreement with the practice. I'm supposed to remember that long ago? He showed 0 sympathy. He said that's it your done. I said I am willing to not buy anything else, which I honestly have no desire to and relinquish my card and he said nope...we're done here. I said so I could go do other drugs you could piss test me and never know. I can go home and drink all the alcohol I want and you'd never know. But I do something legal, trackable, and this is what I get.
I'm just at a loss. This medicine has been a lifesaver for me and my panic disorder. He even touted what a great drug it is being extended release...how it doesn't compare to regular Xanax with potential for abuse blah blah.
It's sad what a bad stigma Marijuana is getting still in 2021. So basically I should have just gone the painkiller route in his eyes, even though those are considered controlled substances, we all know how those routes end up. He then said well if the urgent care visits worked I should have just done that. Soo ok you want me to use muscle relaxers then? Makes 0 sense.
Just venting to hopefully some people who understand. I feel so hurt just the way he treated me even explaining my why and then what else I've done to h... keep reading on reddit ➡
Psychiatrist says I can clearly see you're nuts