Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I hate my psychiatrist

I really do. Every session, it takes everything I have to resist the urge to jump across the desk and strangle him. Seriously.

Ok, let me tell you about him.

He’s a Chinese immigrant. He asks me questions, I answer, he repeats the answer out loud while typing it into the computer (which irritates me to no end). But not only that, he doesn’t have a good grip on the English language, so when he types in my answer, he gets things twisted around and wrong.

For example, he asked me about my drinking habits. I tell him I drink every once in a while, maybe once a month. He types in computer that I drink 3-4 times a week. I try to correct him and he starts saying I drink every day. Errrr.

Then he asks me about how I’ve been feeling, so I tell him. I then get a 20 minute lecture about how mean I am and how I need to stop being so mean to myself. Well duh, that’s part of what depression does to you, it’s not like I enjoy it or mean to do it.

I’ve had 4 psychiatrists over the last 6 years. I have to admit this guy is the worst. I feel worse after seeing him. I’ll have a session with him and be even more depressed for days afterwards.

I talked to my therapist about getting another doc, it won’t happen. He’s the only one in that takes my insurance, so I have to just figure out how to grin and bear it. That’s what happens in an over stressed, under funded system. You get care, even if that care just does more damage.



Leire said...

That sucks. I wonder why that guys has such an important position if he can hardly understand English!
One of the reasons I left my job as a nurse in London was because I kept feeling useless when I answered the phone, and I didn't understand, or I couldn't understand some of the doctor's orders, haha. Although everyone was fine with me, it was quite uncomfortable for me. I wanted to be able to understand everything!
One of the things I hate in the USA is the sanitary system. It is public here in Spain, so we don't need to have a private insurance. But of course, the therapy that is offered is not enough in most cases, so yeah, in this case we need to pay for a therapist, which is quite expensive and I haven't done yet, and I don't think I will. I had a few sessions with a public therapist and she was not good at all, plus she could just offer me one session per week. I see my psychiatrist every other month, and last Monday he made me wait for nearly two hours!!! I was appointed at 2pm and had to wait until 3:45p.m.!! He is nice and competent though and cares for his patients, this is the reason why I don't cget another doctor.
It sucks you can't get another doctor...but I can see that at least you also have a therapist, and in my case these are the ones that do the "good job" (if you happen to get the right one) because all the psychiatrist do is prescribe drugs...change the dose...well, you already know. So I hope your therapist is the right one for you. ;) Best wishes Jen.

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