Self-Care Tip #201 – Make a choice that takes care of your inner self and your quality of life.
Dear Sarah McGaugh alerted me yesterday to the #2 emailed article from the New York Time‘s besmirching the intentions of medication prescribing psychiatrists. Funny thing is, it’s quoting psychiatrists bemoaning their own prescribing practices, victims to managed care and the force of the mighty money mongrel pharma agencies. You who’ve been reading this blog already know my thoughts on that and might be able to take these boys aside for me and quietly help them learn about self-care. Politely without whining you know. You might not get in the New York Times doing it, nor photographed with a furrowed brow. I’m sorry about that. Self-care has never been glamorous.
I definitely know where these physicians are coming from when they complain about these qualities in their practices. The good news is that they don’t have to practice that way if they don’t want to. Yes they’ll earn less or they won’t. I don’t know how it will pan out for them. But they do have choices. I know many physicians who feel the same way these men do and many others who enjoy working mainly with medication therapy. It is their choice.
When I was studying on the East Coast, I saw more psychiatrists still using their “couch” skills in psychotherapy. There were those that viewed West Coast practitioners as the Babelers who were responsible for the fall of the tower that would have should have led them to heaven. They spoke of the culture of the West Coast psychiatrist. They questioned periodicals authored by them and wondered if they ever read Kreplin.
Now WHO is this exactly who wrote this? Never read something without first knowing who wrote it. What authority do they have on this topic?
Not a bad thing to do as there are a lot of posers out and about, quill fast at work.
I remember my patient Dorinda, divorcing a meany who wouldn’t leave their home. They had other places they could move out and into, smaller than the one they were in, but neither of them would go. They both had their reasons. In our popular New York Time’s article, the psychiatrist explains that he wouldn’t want a cut in pay and asks, “Who would?” Dorinda and her meany husband would answer, “Not me.” I would too and agree that probably, so would all of you. But we do have choices. I told Dorinda so much and quickly got on her “Meany-list.” She was nice about it though.
My children learned about Rosa Parks in school a year ago. They still bring her up at random times,
Mommy, she was a COURAGEOUS woman! She changed how all the black people were treated.
My five-year old told me Rosa’s age when she started her
work leading to desegregation and how long Rosa struggled before she and others were allowed to finally ride public transportation with whites. She even described how these people protested; united together, refusing to ride public transportation at all until the law changed. My kids have pretty great teachers at River Springs Charter School.
Maybe, if it’s alright with you, my daughters and their teachers could join you when you talk to these boys about self-care.
Questions: How do you empower yourself when you feel caught in a web and victimized? How have you seen others do it? What do you think about this NYT article? Please tell me your story.
- Talk Doesn’t Pay, So Psychiatry Turns to Drug Therapy (nytimes.com)
- Talk doesn’t pay: Comments on the NY Times article (psychologytoday.com)
- Psychiatrists as Therapists: A Vanishing Breed (ajnoffthecharts.com)
- Insurance won’t pay enough for psychiatrists to do old-style talk therapy. (althouse.blogspot.com)
- Psychiatrists Stop Talking (ahp.apps01.yorku.ca)
- Psychiatry Doesn’t Do Psychotherapy Anymore (psychcentral.com)
- Farewell to the Couch (wheretheclientis.com)
- Rosa Parks (1913-2005) (3quarksdaily.com)