Our relationship with doctors (or health providers in general)

It should be understood that a great number of the readers of this blog have been harmed by the medical profession. Many of us have been gravely debilitated and disabled. Iatrogenic harm is injury incurred by medical treatment. Such injury is deeply traumatic and largely denied by the perpetrators which adds insult to the injury. Those who have had such injury need to learn how to take care of themselves as they move forward. It behooves everyone else to be aware of the fact that iatrogenic injury is very common so that they might avoid it.… [click on title for the rest of the post]

I’ve had several encounters with medical students in the last year or so…

I was told by the medical student I was interacting with the other day that my work undermined the authority of mental health professionals. So...basically, his stance was that if you empower the "patient" you, by definition, undermine the professional. Very sad. Still, I'm pleased to say that a good 50% of my subscribed readers are professionals and I'm aware of many who are also young and still studying. There are some good ones out there that want big change too. … [click on title to read the rest]

Medical compliance? Adherence? No. My MDs are my PARTNERS

Because I've found that alternative doctors are very much like mainstream doctors when it comes to thinking they know all, I've learned how to approach new MDs and other types of health professionals so that we understand each other from the get go. I suggested my friend make boundaries right off the bat. This does not guarantee continued respect from the provider but it greatly increases the chances. If they are not willing to work with this agreement it's a good idea to move on. My friend told me it was very easy to fall into the "obedient patient" role. I told her that is what she must avoid if she hopes to stay safe. We cannot afford to be obedient patients ever again. The sad fact is those of us with severe iatrogenic illness caused by psychiatric drug use and withdrawal run the risk of being harmed further by routine medical care. Most doctors regardless of training have not seen this sort of thing, or if they have they've not recognized it, and many will balk at the severity of it and frankly want to treat in ways that are frankly dangerous. This has happened to me many times now. Though at this point I know the red flags and that helps minimize the problem.

Turning patients into hostages and more David Healy, MD insights…

Quite aside from transforming doctors into the perfect consumer in this sense, in 1962 it was not appreciated how much a mechanism designed to improve safety might in fact do just the opposite by transforming clinical encounters into hostage situations. Making drugs available on prescription only means that patients have nowhere else to go to get a medicine they need or think they need. They effectively become a hostage rather than a patient and risk the development of Stockholm syndrome.

Question authority

I had a thought: If I ever had any faith in "authorities" it's all gone now...completely...we are all, regardless of socio-economic status, education, gender or race bumbling along together...here is to us all coming to a profound understanding of that fact. then I saw this: The Master was never impressed by diplomas or degrees. He... Continue Reading →

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