I’ve been seeing psychiatrists — doctors whose purpose is primarily to examine and diagnose an emotional disorder or condition, then prescribe a plan of treatment, whether therapeutic or pharmaceutical — on and off for over half my life. The ratio of good to mediocre to bad experiences I’ve had with psychiatrists is roughly equal — the best psychiatrist I ever had listened to me when I disputed my diagnosis and insisted that I really didn’t want to take medications. He brainstormed with me about how to treat not a diagnosis, which is broad and can border on stereotyping a patient, but rather the actual, specific emotional experiences that I was having. He suggested a therapist in his practice who specialized in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and it was a godsend. It is a nigh-perfect treatment for me and has had significant positive effects that have served as a better long-term solution than medication. Keep reading »
When Jackson, Tennessee, woman Terry Ragland was struck with a case of lower back pain, she went to see Dr. Timothy Sweo, who recommended X-rays. When the X-rays came back this is what the doctor said.
“He said, ‘I know what the problem is. It’s ghetto booty,’” recounted Ragland. “I said, ‘Ghetto what?’ He said, ‘Ghetto booty. There’s no cure for it, but I could give you something if you’re having pain.’”
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Oh hai, Internet. This post is not an invitation to rage forth in the epic battle about circumcision. I am merely posing a question to you: is it kinda inappropriate for a nurse to write about your kid’s procedures on Facebook? A pediatric nurse in Spokane, Washington, wrote this on her Facebook page, which was apparently set to “public,” and somebody screengrabbed this joke about performing her first circumcision on a baby boy. (The reason it came to my attention is because she is now being lambasted by anti-circumcision activists.)
I’m not an expert on medical privacy issues, but if I found out that I had a therapist, doctor, dentist or nurse who was writing about my private medical procedures on social media, I might question their professional discretion. She’s not a private citizen writing about another private citizen, as if she had written, for example, “Some jerk cut me in line at Dunkin’ Donuts.” We all do that. She’s a medical professional writing about a patient. Wouldn’t that kinda be like me talking shit on Twitter about a publicist or editor? There’s a level of professional decorum required, and especially, I should think, it is required in health care.
What do y’all think? Would you be bothered if a medical professional wrote on social media about your bidness, even obliquely?
Were you looking for a new career? Perhaps one that allows you to touch random stranger’s junk? We thought so. Allow us to present you with this helpful Venn diagram of possible junk-touching career options. Enjoy! [F**k Yeah Venn Diagrams] Keep reading »
A Finnish doctor is on trial for sexual molestation after using a highly unorthodox method to diagnose a patient. When a 20-year-old woman came into his office complaining of nipple fluid, the doctor says he “used an old midwives trick” to diagnose her. After asking her permission, he sucked on her nipple. Now it’s up to the Finnish Supreme Court to decide if his method was inappropriate. Way to go, Dr. Nipple Sucker, M.D. That’s about as creepy as it gets. [FOX] Keep reading »
Even though Amelia is planning on tracking down Ryan Gosling now that he and Rachel McAdams are off, she never mentions getting married to him. A survey of 5,500 people in seven countries might explain why she wants him for now, not forever. Only three percent of those surveyed thought actors made good partners. Doctors and other health professionals, on the other hand, are considered marrying material, with 16 percent citing them as their preferred marriage partners. What profession does the guy of your dreams work in? [Reuters] Keep reading »