reply to post by NuclearPaul
You mean all the really cool Mont Blanc pens, Littman stethoscopes, ultra high tech pen lights, dinner vouchers, and free rounds of golf passed out by
the drug reps? Nah, doesn't happen, trust me.
I think the whole depression/chemical imbalance issue is an argument of chicken, or the egg first. Of course brain chemistry changes when we are
depressed, and chemical changes can make us feel depressed like a vicious cycle. I think that medication should be tried as a later resort after
cognitive, and behavioral efforts have not been totally effective. Yes I believe many meds are over prescribed, and polypharmacy is a big issue.
Caveat: If you are currently on an anti-depressant DO NOT just stop taking it cold turkey. Tell your doc you want off, and let them wean you. Then
seek the professional guidance you feel appropriate. Don't be afraid to try the meds again maybe if that doesn't work though. It's hard to tell
sometimes if it is the chicken or the egg. Although child support is a huge bummer, and that would cause some anxiety, and depression for sure.
Yes it does annoy the heck out of doctors, and dentists, and nurses, and pharmacists etc.... This also depends on where they work; in what setting.
Ok it annoys the heck out of the honest ones that care. One of the great benefits of being a nurse is that you get to know the doctors really well,
and you can pretty much get your pick of the litter for your personal doctor. Mine is awesome, he is a great doctor, a good friend, and all around a
stellar guy. I have literally put my life in his hands, and he came through with shining colors. He's one of the rare breeds though that like myself
would lay my license down, and give up the career if it meant making a real positive difference in someones life. Fortunately chance, and favor seem
to smile on those of our ilk, and it seldom comes to that. I have been to deposition, and to court before over telling someone the way it was. My
defense was that I did it in the best interest of my patient, I was being their advocate, and TPTB didn't like it. Guess what?! I still have my
license, and that particular CFO is in jail for embezzlement(unrelated). Karma, gotta love it.
My advice would be to get to know a doctor real well. They're just people, they don't bite. If they do, bite back!
Seriously, a doc will tell a
"friend" a ton of stuff they can't tell a "patient."
edit on 22-12-2011 by Binder because: Finish thought.