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Psychiatrists believe in 'chemical imbalances'. There is no such thing as 'chemical imbalances'.”
originally posted by: Quasiscientist
So what do you guys think? Do you guys thinks that psychiatry is bull#? What about psychology, or other mental health care -related fields?
originally posted by: Hefficide
a reply to: Quasiscientist
As for a psychologist telling you that there's no such thing as a chemical imbalance? All I can say is find a new psychologist because that is empirically incorrect. Take mental illness of the table and we're still left with things like diabetes or thyroid problems which are chemical imbalances.
Ideally if you are seeing both a psychiatrist and a psychologist then they should be working in tandem with the psychiatrist handling your medication and your psychologist handling behavior modification and talk therapy.
Furthermore, since you indicated clearly in your previous e-mail that you could not afford to pay for my services, I consider your further efforts to approach me and request my "help" as a solicitation to work for free.
Since I do not work for free, and you are not receiving therapy from me, I suggest you stop writing me.
If you can afford to, please go back to "*NAME REDACTED" and to Dr. *NAME REDACTED* who may see you based on the insurance you have, or the money you have.
Please do not continue to ask for my help via e-mail. This is not the way to obtain help, and you know it.
Therapy is how you can obtain help, and I am repeating myself when I tell you to make arrangements to obtain the necessary finances to get therapy. Don't ask me to work for free, and definitely, do not continue with this exchange.
Some of his vegetative symptoms appear to be somewhat mitigated by the prescription of a psycho-stimulant (Adderall), which has been used on a regular basis.
There were no questions raised regarding his reality testing, no hallucinations reported, and no delusions noted either, failing to support a psychosis hypothesis (including all Schizophrenic disorders).
He was advised to continue to attend his regular meetings with his psychiatrist (currently, Dr. Ch) who prescribes Adderall
originally posted by: FredT
a reply to: Quasiscientist
A couple of quick thoughts:
You may want to see an actual neurologist regarding an ADHD diagnosis. We went through this very issue with our son in the local school district when the district psychologist basically bum rushed us to put our son on meds etc. The neurologist basically told my wife and I that we needed to calm down and unless he is falling behind in school, there was not a problem. we are 7 years out from that and he is doing fantastic and we never did anything different. (except tell the district lady to stuff it). A neurologist will bring a more comprehensive diagnosis IMHO and may have better options for treatment etc.
Also, the neurologist may find there is something other than ADHD at work here. I'm not saying they are all like this (or your medical team), but many seem to go right for the ADHD diagnosis and drugs without doing the due diligence needed to rule out other issues.
originally posted by: Bluesma
Just like with doctors of other sorts, they can have different diagnoses. This is not something that can be measured in your blood sample or something.
At the same time, they don't try to sabotage each other either - they are colleagues. Emailing with the patient of another practitioner, reinforcing his suspicion, possible paranoia, or distrust for his therapist would be SO innappropriate! I cannot imagine any practioner doing that (though perhaps one would, there are asshats in every walk of life).
Paying for your treatment insures your engagement and active participation in the process. I believe this is valid (and has been confirmed in studies - that people tend to try less and care less when they get things for free).
I am not asking for free therapy here. Part of the reason that I agreed to pay you $700 to test me for disorders back in July of this year was because I needed a way to convince my psychiatrist Dr. Ch that I neither have any personality disorder nor schizophrenia (or any other schizophrenic-like disorder) so that he would continue prescribing me Adderall without lowering the dosage. I have absolutely no problem with what you wrote on my psychological evaluation report. I believe everything that you've told me so far.
However, my problem is that Dr. Ch is completely disregarding what you wrote on my psychological evaluation report. This is a real problem for me as he told me that he is going to gradually lower the dosage of Adderall until I am forced to quit it cold turkey. He is ignoring what you wrote on my psychological evaluation report about how Adderall has helped me greatly with my depression, and that I am neither experiencing delusions nor hallucinations. In fact, Dr. Ch admitted to me earlier this month when I last saw him that he does not believe that any of the disorders that I've been diagnosed with (Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social and Anxiety Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) are "real".
Since I already paid you $700 to test me for disorders, I had assumed that you would be able to back me up, and back up what you wrote on my psychological evaluation report. Dr. Ch tried to call you earlier this month when I last saw him, but your answering machine picked up instead. If I were to pay you $100 for at least one hour of your time, would you then be willing in helping me deal with Dr. Ch? Nobody else is willing to help me at this point, not even the law. So the only option that I'm seeing here is that I pay you to help me.
I beg you that you please help me deal with Dr. Ch, and yes, I am aware that you have told me that you think that psychiatrists are "weird" and that you do not like having to deal with them. But if I pay you for your help on this matter, will you then help me? If you do not help me, it will only be further confirmation to my paranoia that you do not believe anything that you've told me because everything that you've written and said has been a lie. If I agreed to begin my psychotherapy treatment with Dr. *NAME REDACTED* next year, and agreed to pay the full $100 for each week, for six months, will you then agree to help me?