posted on Sep, 15 2021 @ 09:50 PM
originally posted by: tamusan
a reply to: musicismagic
Japan's mental healthcare system is a mess. There is an acute shortage of psychiatrists in Japan. Psychiatrists and clinical psychologists also seldom
work together in Japan. A patient is often prescribed meds by the shrink and not advised to see a clinical psychologist. And unlike in the U.S.,
there is no government-mandated system of training and qualifying clinical psychologists.
Japanese society has always been a stressful society to be a part of and people in Japan are under a lot more stress right now, just like the people
of every other country. I think the increased stressors, combined with their sense of amae, is what is increasing suicides.
Last I heard, Christians only make up 1% of Japans population, so I don't think many of them are concerned about the kingdom of heaven. My wife is
Japanese and says "my people believe that suicide victims often turn into angry ghosts".
It would be nice if your wife posted on the forum about Japan. My Japanese wife really doesn't tell me what is going on here. Have to figure it out by
By the way, are also in Japan ?
Government hospitals with University attach to them most likely have both a shrink and clinical psychologist . Most shrinks here are under 32 years
of age. Only the assistant professors and professors of psychiatry are older and old schooled in my opinion .
Also note, here they cassify you as 1 or 2 or 3 level of disability in psychiatry . Level 3 means the worst and usually applies to schizophrenia type
of people. Sadly most live like this : かごのとり Your wife knows what that means.
All a doc can really do is an MRI, blood test, give out dope, hopefully it works, but I personally know 3 patients, no drug has been able to put them
back in the workforce.
I think in America, shrinks are looked upon as quacks. In Japan, there is some truth to that. At less then then 6 bucks an outpatient visit or at
private hospital its about 13 bucks for some reason, yet they take National Health Insurance. Type of drug, lets say Resperdal for one month will run
the patient ( 1 mg ) about 3 USD. Here , the mental patients only have to pay 10% of the cost for any MENTAL related visits. But 30% for all other
medical treatment, but there is a program also where I believe that Class 3 patients unable to anything get free medical and a govt. allowance. ( but
this is not my area of knowledge so it can vary which it does from city to city, that I know for sure )
The handicap usually gets free bus passes and 10 discount taxi fares, I guess they expect them to go to the grocery store once a month for 10 months
( sad but true ).
Personally the mental health system here can't help the patient with those that don't have FAMILY support and ALL doctors know that, so they just keep
them drugged out of their mind.