I’m getting sick..I’m getting well..I’m getting sick.. I feel better, but then again my therapist says I’m in ” denial”
I’m now broke too. I think I am depressed. Maybe not, it could be the fact that my mother died recently and I am just feeling down. Its hopeless for me. I am so confused. I need to call my therapist. What the heck is ” indecisive disorder?”
I feel like dying . ..What does she mean “ Baker Act?” …
And so it goes with many people who are not educated on the business of mental health. If you have ever been to a ” quick lube ” or ” jiffy lube” for an oil change, you may have experienced the hated peek into the waiting room, when the technician tells you that he found some other major problems with your car.
Good news he says, we can fix it right here. That will be 79.95$ please. When we think about healthcare in general we need to have the same caution we do in those type situations. No matter whether your general practitioner, your dentist, or in this case we are talling mental health.
ITS A UNIVERSAL PROBLEM
On this particular page I chose to emphasize the area of Mental Health. However America’s healthcare in general is operating in the same way. We pay and reward providers of all types of care lots of “extra” cash for extending services, stacking services on patient”s plan of care which simply do not apply and are not needed. Does this mean that each member of the care giving community is purposely defrauding patients an payers? Of course not .
Its the product of a monster that we created. No accountability and the total reliance on one provider to dictate what will be need to care for any given purpose. If you compared the healthcare system in Canada to America (they have something like 3x the success rate that we do) and identify what is so different , the first thing to stand out is the careful process with which they go through before officially labeling/diagnosing anyone with anything.
If I remember correctly, before a diagnoses from one doctor for a serious condition can be made in any of the branches of healthcare, an outside and independent doctor must confirm the diagnoses without any compensation from the first provider.. It seems like common sense and it clearly works.
There are many honest and well meaning doctors, therapists and professionals in each of the branches of healthcare. However the amount of providers who utilize and take advantage of the ” pay to fail” or ” keep them sick ” model for financial gain -is significant enough that it has a great impact on the general population and is only getting more ridiculous.
My hope is that this brief overview using Mental Health as the example , we can stir up enough concern and interest on the subject to research it and move towards making a change. Its not just the money wasted, that’s actually the lowest on the list of problems. It is the damaging effect that ANY diagnoses from any health care professional can have on people in any arm of health care.
Over the years in this blog I have shared my personal and professional experiences in each area of healthcare. I have posted 500+ articles on 35 categories all falling under these umbrellas. We are educating, but also attempting to initiate change by meeting with people like the payers or insurance companies spending million annually for no reason. I have done numerous interviews on radio and other media just to help move this problem into a solution mode.
There are many buzz words going around these days about what is “normal” for my child to be doing or how they should be acting at their age. Sadly, people will often watch a popular talk show, and come to the conclusion that their child has a certain disorder…or a friend who just read a good article forwards it to you in an attempt to help diagnose your child with some disorder. I have even heard people discussing what they think their child “is” as they scan magazines in the lines at grocery stores….
How do you find a way to really know if this new obsession with diagnoses for children (and medications) even applies to you and your situation? You likely wont get any opposition 1 child psychiatrists, as their primary role is to identify a disorder and treat it. Their primary challenge is to find what the child could meet criteria for according to the DSM -V.
In case you were unaware, that book the DSM, or Diagnostical and Statistical Manual that all psychiatrists use to find a diagnoses for their patient, contains ZERO statistics. After all every single ” disorder ” listed in there was totally made up. No evidence, no data, all theory. In a nutshell, 200 or so psychiatrists or so gather together anonymously every 4-5 years and toss their new ideas for ” disorders” in the hat and vote. Enough votes, and it is in the next version. Sure there is a little more to it but not much.
Somehow and by an amazing coincidence -the major drug companies felt a need for a new drug to treat just such the type of disorders the doctors approved and as the group of doctors make the trek down the mountain from their secret meeting place, the drug makers offer up some samples for a new ” designer” drug made for that purpose. Now that is just something you cannot learn in a textbook.
The doctor writes for it and suddenly finds himself being rewarded for using that drug! Another “disorder” is born, and new medication on the market.
The problem is that even smart people like doctors can make up only so many new ” disorders ” It has now gotten to the point that the latest DSM reads like most people’s life at one time or another. So, are we all nuts? Or are we maybe just too gullible?
Even the names of these new ” disorders” are getting more challenging for doctors to make sound clinical. For example I think one recent discovery is something like ” teenage rebellion syndrome” which is the “medical” term for teens acting, well, like teenagers. Yeah, so there is that.
By the way, I am aware mental illness is real. There is a need for treatment and in many cases medicine. In many cases however, the root problem and appropriate care for the problem is absolutely unrelated to the recommended treatment plan. Does this really mean that hundreds of thousands of people right now are taking medicine and getting a specific treatment that is useless?
How can this happen so easily? All these people getting sent to the wrong type doctor and put on medicine that not only wont work, but could hurt the situation even more. How can it be? Let me help you understand.
If you were shopping for a new truck and walked into a Ford dealer, and had a heart to heart with the salesman about just exactly what you need, would you be likely to get answer A or answer B below.
A- Well Sir and Ma’am, It is your lucky day, we have 3 of the last years models of that truck out back and the boss said this morning at the sales meeting ” Guys – Move those 3 pickups today! At any cost, we need room for the new models. I bet I can get you in one for 3k below book, if you buy today!
B- Gosh folks, I would love to help you out but my gut tells me you will enjoy a Chevy much more. Let me give you some directions to the closest dealership and pull the model I think you all will like off the internet so they don’t try and take advantage of you. I sure wish I felt my Ford was best, but I am a Christian man and I cannot sell it to you even if you lay out 30k in cash right here. I hope it all works out.
Now think for a minute. You have your answer? Of course you do. I think any of us would have a heart attack if a salesman said go to the other dealer. Well, when you are choosing between a psychiatrist or psychologist, you are up against the same problem. Because all doctors are rotten lying cheats who don’t care about you? No of course not.
The New Pills Keep Coming- At The Expense of Millions Of American Lives
Kids and adults alike are being labeled with countless disorders and prescribed medicines they do not need. It is disturbing to think that money would drive some doctors to over prescribe medicines, but it happens every single day. Not all doctors are doing this, but enough are.
Its gotten bad enough that one group of researchers say that up to 10% of those being treated for addiction to prescription drugs, inpatient and outpatient are physicians themselves.
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I’ve had a few questions about whether I am a therapist, counselor, psychologist, psychiatrist? Teacher ? Or what ?? Lol ..In other words, how have I been able to help thousands of people get the treatment they need while steering clear of all the labels and piles of drugs? Am I all those things?
Yes and No. I do counsel and consult. However my gift and most useful tool is that I can accurately assess whether you need the Ford, or the Chevy. I can assess your child and steer you clear of 10k in wasted doctors fees because many times a simple behavior plan that I write with and for your home, will solve much. No medicine. You see I have the degrees and all, but much more importantly, I have been through major depression, addiction, PTSD . My brother killed himself. I have some real life experience. I have had 40 teen foster kids. Started schools for expelled kids and run day programs for adults with severe behavioral problems. I have 4 of my own too.
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