2 thoughts on “My Post on KevinMD.com today

  1. I read your blog this evening on the emergency department and explanation of why psychiatric patients are treated in such a way by doctors. I have been the serious suicide attempt case and experienced a very cold and annoyed doctor (he was frustrated for having to give more shots to numb me up because he said he would have to change gloves, again) who “had to sew me up”. I just wanted to say, I appreciate your blog, it made it make more sense as to why I was treated in an off standish cold way by the doctors during my stay. Id also like to ad, it sure would’ve helped if he had been able to find a little bit of compassion within him and manage to express it. Or at least manage to not express facial expressions and a grumpiness that left me feeling like a waste of his time. I wish there was a training or program that helped doctors better understand mental illness, so when they come across a patient suffering from something they are unfamiliar with, they can provide a positive impact rather than a negative one that comes off feeling cold and judgmental.

    I’d also like to ad, I had a WONDERFUL psychiatrist in the hospital for the rest of my stay who made a very positive impact on my life, as well as many nurses.

    Thanks again for writing the piece, it was a very good explanation of the actions of some of the staff that treated me on the day in my life that I will never forget.


  2. Elise,

    Thank you very much for stopping by and reading. I really appreciate your comment, because that is exactly what it’s all about.

    It sounds like you experienced what a lot of patients do: a feeling of being just tolerated at best, an inconvenience at worst.

    I agree completely that doctors need to have compassion, even in times of great stress and in circumstances that they are not entirely comfortable with. Showing that compassion outwardly, even if not feeling it inwardly right at that moment, goes a very long way in putting patients at ease and helping them navigate a very difficult time in their lives.

    I’m so glad that you got treatment, that you had a good psychiatrist and nursing staff, and that they made a positive impact on your life. After all, that’s what is most important, that you got through the episode and came out better on the other side.

    Thanks very much for writing. I sincerely hope you are doing better now and that you haven’t had to visit the emergency department again!



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