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My 5 Most Favourite Things About Psychiatry

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I came across this great thread about the worst things in psychiatry: http://www.superego-cafe.com/cgi-bin/forums/YaBB.pl?num=1058644781

So despite it being a Monday, and just to balance things out before we all get hopelessly despondent and give up on psychiatry, I thought I'd better start this thread... :)

Here's my list.

1) Making a genuine difference to people who are troubled by some of the most distressing and poorly understood chronic illnesses going.

2) Having a chance to educate people (both the public and other doctors)  about mental illnesses and reduce the stigma and stereotypes that go along with them.

3) Working in a rapidly evolving specialty which is seeking to explain the workings of the brain in ever greater depth.

4) Having a more philosophical approach to medicine. I'm not sure of many other specialties where you can explore concepts like the nature of reality, consciousness and the perceptions of others in quite the same way.

5) Being able to tell the medical doctors that their patient is clearly delirious, and that they haven't just 'gone schizophrenic!'

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My 5 favourite things:

1. Isn't schizophrenia the most fascinating illness?

2. The solutions are not always conventional.

3. Need a knowledge of medicine, psychology, law, sociology, common sense, pragmatism, realism.

4. Dealing with taboo subjects: - mental illness, stigma.

5. Rapid career progression (relatively), quiet on-calls as a consultant and plenty of consultant vacancies.

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M 5 most favourite things about psychiatry -

1. when, after a year long session of psychotherapy a 50year old tells you that you are the ONLY person in their entire lifetime who has actually listened to them..........

2. to be able to work in a community team away from the hospital, where everyone is like a family & people(consultants, CPNs, SWs) are generally much nicer than other specialities..

3. relatively quiet oncalls & a much more hectic social life!!

4. being able to evaluate myself, my own motives, realise why I am what I am & look from another person's perspective....basically being a much better person! being a psychiatrist helped me achieve this

5. being able to evaluate others, their motives, realise why they are what they are...........& above all knowing that no matter how much I am stereotyped or stigmatised as a psychiatrist, I know my profession is superior than the rest! ;)

Thanks Chris for starting this thread! I think in troubled times lately, it helps to look at what we are & what we stand for. I feel better already! :)

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five things i would say would be -

1) its an interesting field.. you deal with something really unpredictable.

2) being one of a select group of specialists whom everyone turns to when all else despair.

3) able to help people genuinely affected by 'the voices' and it makes me feel proud when they say they are getting better now and able to realilse that it was an illness.

4) lighter oncalls - DEFINITELY

5) chance of working with offenders.. (forensic is quite a dear interest to me)

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it's the ultimate frontier in medicine

a speciality where all specialities and disciplines meet and overlap

you can finally make sense of what is wrong with your friends,partner etc :lol: :lol: :lol:

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How interesting!

My hi-5!

1. The amazing feeling one gets just after someone has shared their deepest secrets of their lives with you.

2. The power to actually help people get over their most troublesome problems.

3. Conversations with people living in their ever so phantastical worlds when in manic/ psychotic phases.

4. Listening to colleagues/ consultants/ psychotherapists coming up with the most bizarre/ interesting interpretations and connections in a patients' history.

and 5. which is a double edged sword, as annoying as interesting when people think being a psychiatrist you can read their minds and continuously analyse everyone and everything around you!!

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great....

endless list....

1. working in a field where others scare to tread... gives me an air of superiority

2. think with my brain and not lab reports...

3. being able to refuse a refferal(althou with great difficulty)...

4. teaching and training opportunities...

5. bizarre interpretations, theories and listening to patient fantasies...

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this is a great thread!

here's my two cents worth

1 being able to work in a field that is almost as much art as it is science.

2 having enough time outside work to spend enjoying other things (ie life!)

3 getting to know people and their stories. each person is different and its fascinating. not just 'an arm' or ' a gall bladder' - a real whole person.

4 making a difference for people's families.

5 being able to take time and really think about patients' problems not just 7 minutes a la gp practice

i guess you can use points from all these lists to answer sho interview questions!

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Brilliant thread! Most heartwarming, brain-relaxing thing Ive read here in a long while, reminds me of the wonders of my chosen speciality!

1. fascinating, intriguing field

2. yes, you interact with real people, not just pathological anatomies

3. on-calls not as stressful as in other fields

4. you can work & still have a life outside work (it doesn't totally sap you!)

5. the satisfaction of helping make someone's life better!

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1. THE ONLY (in my view) specialty where things like confidentiality/ privacy are truly respected (i.e diagnoses not shouted across the ward etc)

2. Treating the whole person

3. Psychotic symptoms are more interesting to elicit than medical / surgical symptoms!

4. Being really thorough, finding out what it is rather than what it isn't

5. Making people feel better!

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my 5

1 i became a more complete person.people are becoming more autistic these days by being into computers and technical world.psychiatry helps one realise communication is so v imp and more so emotional warmth.

2 childhood is such an imp aspect of a persons life, and being gratefulto god and our parents that we had a nice one.

3 relationships are complex n u are not the only one in a troubled one!! ha ha

4 lots of time for family n friends ,probably one can compensate for the time u couldnt spend with the family when u were in medical school.

5 good money

6 u become a good listener.

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1 Able to have a laugh at work every now and then

2.Able to laugh at the gross ignorance of other professionals in 'more glamorous' specialities about us,our patients and our work.

3.Able to laugh at (and therefore upset) the above mentioned people when they have to slog it out in a less friendlier/more formal environment to get the same amount of pay we get.

4.1+2

5.2+3 (sorry my brain stopped working...thought block.!!)

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My 5 favourite things about psychiatry:

1) Successfully treating a severe psychotic depression with ECT and seeing them better with just one or two treatments

2) Successfully treating less severe depressions in the community by tailoring their medication to their particular symptoms

3) Intervening early in a bipolar's relapse in order to prevent a rapid and costly (in so many ways) decline

4) Being able to remain calm when all around are freaking out about the fact that someone is hearing voices

5) The fact that I can spout gobbledygook as part of a psychodynamic formulation and get paid for it*

*This one is slightly tongue in cheek as frankly I personally find it incredibly embarassing to be spouting this nonsense in the 21st Century.

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My 5 most fav things about Psychiatry are:

This is the speciality which is least affected by the new change of rules proposed by these stupid politicians sitting in their cozy offices X 5 times!! ;)

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well said prince scorpio, but if only it were true!

the changes made by the whitehall mandarins are going to affect us humble shrinks as well, maybe not right now but its happening.

however, lets enjoy the sun while its stil shining.

my apologies for being depressing on a an uplifting thread!

-vulcanised

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great....

endless list....

2. think with my brain and not lab reports...

i certainly agree to this.. one of my previous consultants in india told me once that psych was similar to neurosurgery, only it dint involve instruments !!!!

can any one beat that description ?

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it is an important thing do talk about, but what do u think the motive(s) for the doctor to be specialized in psychiatry? Well my point is , could it be some psychological unstability that lead this doctor to try to master this speciality so that he/she can master him/her self .... as if the defence mechanism INTROJECTION.....what do u think?

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1. schizophrenia is fascinating as it cannot be diagnosed in the laboratory

2. one in four persons experience mental health problems.. so the problem magnitude is big

3. rapidly evolving specialties within psychiatry

4. available robust evidence base for those who look down on psychiatry

5. a chance to fight against stigma and to promote destigmatisation..

and of course.. enjoying cool on calls once in a while.. lolzz

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1. It is an art and a science both rolled into one.

2. People can still hold diverse and sometimes diametrically opposite views about the best approach to take. I think this stimulates discussion.

3. Being able to treat someone as a person and not as a disease or disorder.

4. Being part of what is clearly the most rapidly developing field in medicine.

5. It lets me have a life outside medicine (& Psychiatry)!!!

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Hi,

This is a great thread!

My favourite 5 things,

1. Been able to finally listen to people and understand them a lot better! :)

2. Knowing one's in a field with loads of mysteries! 8-)

3. Having senior colleagues you can actually talk to! :)

4. Working in a team with real people! :)

5 . Powerful and respectful(contrary to common belief) especially across the borders-anyone experienced this especially in American airports,when asked about your specialty! :lol:

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what I LOVED most was the humane and tolerant attitudes of our colleagues be it nurses or consultants/Spr. people may have different experiences but believe me it would still be better than what our medical/surgical colleagues experience

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5 things i love most:

1. a definitive diagnosis is a rarity, its only an arguable possibility.

2. theres ample evidence both for and against anything.

3. only three classes of prescription medications.

4. you are a specialist if you know how to suture.

5. ample coffee and biscuits at ample meetings.

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I agree with the coffee bit!

Plus

Get to psych non psych people with 'oh im a psychiatrist and i know what you are thinking'

Threatening to 'hypnotise' people

Dropping phrases like 'its because you are in love with your mother!'

Smiling knowingly whilst furiously thinking of what to say to patients

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Get to psych non psych people with 'oh im a psychiatrist and i know what you are thinking'

Threatening to 'hypnotise' people

Dropping phrases like 'its because you are in love with your mother!'

i hope u are joking. if not, i think u are doing great harm to the public perception of what psychiatry is and what psychiatrists do. try educating your friends, not propagating myths.

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Hi,

This is a great thread!

My favourite 5 things,

5 . Powerful and respectful(contrary to common belief) especially across the borders-anyone experienced this especially in American airports,when asked about your specialty!  :lol:

I've experienced this in Los Angeles Airport

Atlast i felt special.

the respect i got from Taxi drivers and others.

During my flight to LA i had to manage a medical emergency (massive stroke) when i had to CPR and resus. later when i told that i was a shrink

many were amazed that psychiatrists can handle medical emergencies.

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