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Created On 6/3/14 3:50 AM
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Cutiestarr
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A psychologist I saw believes that the family dysfunction I tell him about is a result of a mental illness, ie my perceptions of my family are not based in reality. Have you ever had a patient who actually came from a warm home but believed their family to be abusive or dysfunctional, just as a result of what their mind was telling them? I'm just curious, I didn't know this was possible. I don't understand it, actually. Maybe this is also a result of my mind. Thanks
 
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It is possible but the only way for the psychologist to know for sure is to meet several members of the family who all come to the same conclusion.

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Oh ok. If the patient has objective evidence though to back up their story, would this make any difference? Or what if a previous psychologist had met family members and come to the conclusion they were dysfunctional?


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Then that would help support your perception as reality based.

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Oh ok...then what to say about psychologist's view? "Not reality based?" (Or maybe misinformed?)
 
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Perhaps misinformed.

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I really don't mean to give you a hard time, and this is just an observation (no judgment here), but I just noticed that when the patient may misperceive something it can be delusional and/or mental illness, whereas when a professional misperceives the same thing they are misinformed. I know you like to give people the benefit of the doubt (and I totally agree with you)...Curious as to your thoughts? Thanks.


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Hope you are well.
 
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Every person whether professional or not can be misinformed, delusional or suffer from mental illness. For some reason, this earlier post did not go through when I originally sent it. Sorry for the delay in responding. Baruch HaShem, all's well.

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Of course. But did you notice your choice of words though when talking about one versus another?
 
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Yes. I like to believe that professionals by virtue of their training and objectivity have a better handle on realty but that is by no means always the case.

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You're very honest...can't say I'd disagree although you would be surprised - or not - at how dysfunctional some mental health professionals are themselves. Apparently psych is the bottom of the food chain in med school, and a physician friend says psychiatrists are the laughing stock of the medical profession. Can't only be me then that's seen a bit of craziness with quite a few of them.
 
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Not surprised at all unfortunately. Many psychiatrists though are "laughing all the way to the bank" in terms of flexible schedules, very little cost of malpractice insurance and running their practice and what they charge per hour compared to pediatricians, internists, family doctors, neurologists, pulmonologists and many other specialties. In some places, it is difficult to find psychiatrists, especially those who work with children, who accept insurance like their cosmetic surgeon colleagues. While many in the medical field disparage psychiatrists, the most common specialty that other physicians switch careers to within medicine is Psychiatry.

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Cutiestarr
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Glad to hear all the perks! (Although not sure what the connection is to psychiatrists being crazy!)
 
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