A friend of mine whom I know through an Icarus oriented group in my home town wrote to our group email yesterday. What she shared should scare everyone. I’ve heard of what she reports being the wave of the future but hadn’t heard of anyone actually encountering it yet.
I hope she will keep us apprised on her experience. For now I’m simply going to paraphrase her email as she did not want me to cut and paste it. I really wanted the lazy way out on this one….really not feeling so good, so please forgive if it’s not well written.
North Carolina mental health infrastructure is falling apart and because we are in the mountains far away from most civilization we apparently have a shortage of psychiatrists. This young woman has been going to a Public Mental Health Center for a couple of years I believe. They have just announced drastic changes.
- All psychiatrists are being laid off.
- Hundreds of patients will be transferred to a group of new psychiatrists.
- Next month the consumers will have a 45 minute intake with a new psychiatrist. Then they will see a psychiatrist once a month for 12 minutes. It may or may not be the same person.
- These meetings will not happen in person. These “consumers” will be having their appointments over WEBCAM. The psychiatrists will be approximately 700 miles away near the coast.
They will be prescribing powerful, dangerous medications over webcam.
She asks some good questions about privacy. Will these sessions be recorded and where will such recording be kept? Of course that’s pretty secondary to HOW THE FUCK can this be appropriate in any situation?? Which is the real gist of her email.
In a system where we are already deeply and systematically dehumanized actions such as these continue to denigrate our self-worth.
My friend plans to participate in the sham once, so that she can then give feedback and write letters about the experience. I hope she will share her experience with me so that I can share it with all of you.
Please share your thoughts and let me know if you’ve heard of this in any of your communities.