Are Psychiatrists Crazy? by Rayne Dowell

Are Psychiatrists Crazy?

“You look great!  You look good!”

I’m new to finding a Therapist and I’m sitting across from a Psychiatrist I haven’t met before.

I’ve just related what therapies I’ve been researching that I think would be helpful. Her response is a comment, her opinion, on my physical appearance. How I look.

She has no idea apparently that I’m a master of illusion. I’ve had to fake “looking” normal my whole life. I have that down pat.

When you get to know me better you find out I have a dry sense of humour. And I’m not at all normal.  I’m quite weird actually.

Weird but not crazy.

My eyebrows rise while my eyes squint slightly.

Uh oh. Am I dealing with a psychiatrist who may be slightly crazy? Or is this some type of new therapy?

I listen as she talks. I’m feeling like a football player in a locker room before a big game and the coach is firing up the team. Am I the team?

Good grief.

One strike you’re out.

After I get home I research this Psychiatrist and learn she has an extremely low client rating. A lot of complaints. Huh. Maybe it’d be a good idea if I check the doctor out before wasting my time next time.

Next.

“Why did you change your hairstyle and colour?”

I’m sitting across from another Psychiatrist I’ve met once before, and again, I’ve just related what therapies I’ve been researching that I think would be helpful.

Again, with the appearance stuff.

“I felt like it. Does that have anything to do with what I’ve been asking you about?” I ask politely.

His eyes squint, the corners of his mouth pull down slightly and suddenly I’m looking at the top of his head while he begins busily scribbling in his notebook.

Apparently that wasn’t the response he was looking for.

Awesome.

By the end of the session I realize this particular individual has a Napoleon complex.

Next.

My General MD wants me to get tested for ADHD. I know I don’t have ADHD. But, I don’t know for sure so I go. Turns out, no, I don’t have ADHD. But the Psychiatrist kindly offers me an anti-depressant prescription.

No thanks.

Next.

Alright. That’s three Psychiatrists I’ve seen. I’m batting 0-3.

Great.

But I’m not giving up. No way.

Because I’ve done a bit of research and I’m convinced that a set number of sessions (because no, I don’t plan on going to a Therapist for 7 years thank you, if we can’t figure this out in under 6 months I’m out), and it feels right to me that finding the right therapy and a therapist that’s a good fit for you – that’s what works.

And medication without therapy? Not interested.

So.

I do some more research.

Since learning I have the HSP Trait about 3 years ago, I also learned that it can be more of a detriment for an HSP who grew up in an unsupportive environment, which I did, and then after following my own spiritual path and its related bumps along the road as an adult, I’ve often thought what I could be experiencing is PTSD or Complex PTSD.

And guess what? Depression and anxiety are symptoms of PTSD.

In the past I’ve read the symptoms of PTSD and happily checked off the boxes with tick marks. But I thought, so what? So what if I have that? Nothing can be done about it right?

Nope. Turns out I was wrong.

There’s a great new therapy called Accelerated Resolution Therapy. This is a fairly new therapy and has seen positive results with war veterans.

So I find an amazing Therapist who has training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy. I instantly vibe with her and find out she too is an HSP.

And guess what?

After one session I can happily report this is amazing!

The kicker is that if you have the HSP Trait you get a double bonus – because this therapy relies on you using your imagination as part of the therapy.

As we all know, creativity and an abundant imagination is something HSPs are not in short supply of – they have fantastic imaginations.

After one session I’m feeling lighter, more at ease, more open and yes, happier.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s work involved, work like; meditating, breathe work, a forgiveness and gratitude prayer, exercise and eating as healthy as I can. That stuff is my daily homework, because the majority of the work I do with my Therapist is the work I do on my own.

Finding the right therapist hasn’t been easy. It’s taken me about 9 months to find the right therapy and the right therapist for me.  But I’m like a pitbull with locked jaws when I know what I’m doing is what I’m supposed to be doing.

Was I surprised by the quality of care of Psychiatrists?

You bet.

But guess what? Psychiatrists are no different than anyone else. There’s good mechanics, and bad mechanics. There’s good plumbers and bad plumbers.

The thing about psychiatrists and therapists is – humility, patience and compassion aren’t taught in school. Those are life learnings and while it may be attributes we erroneously but automatically assume a therapist or psychiatrist have, some don’t.

But as they say, keep at it, don’t give up, and the turtle wins the race.

I’m curious – do you have a funny, weird, or inspiring Psychiatrist story?

 

Pic credit via RyanMcGuire

Rayne is the Editor and Social Media Content Creator for HSP World. A Freelance Editor and Indie Author Rayne self-published her first book, "Unmasking" in 2017. She's currently writing a trilogy. She's a curious traveler who loves reading, crafting and freely admits she's a Wordscapes App addict.

2 Comments

  • Peter

    Experience has taught me that most psychiatrists and many psychologists are not a good fit. It took sometime, many years, to figure this out. As an intuitive HSP i was reading them automatically but not always fully conscious of what I was feeling /reading. I was paying for service and had expectations for my money. My inner senses were keeping them away because I inwardly knew they were not even able to grasp what I was aware of energetically.
    The other side of this is I can and do get way too close intuitively with most folks. With other HSP I can kinda frighten them away because of my deep connection at a feeling energy level.
    I am working at being more neutral around others which helps some. I still find I frighten them away by my energy. It is a lonely path yet the occasional deep knowing of another is amazing.
    Blessings to those who can know. Peter

    • Rayne Dowell

      Hi Peter, thank you for your honest opinion. I have to say I’ve found it shocking that while approximately 70% of HSPs are “patients” of psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists (makes sense HSPs would seek additional support since they aren’t aware how their trait works for them and so find little support in their natural environments) – but the majority of the psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists are not aware of the HSP Trait.

      I have to agree with you. I’m not keen on psychologists or psychiatrists, but for me it has been well worth it to work with a therapist. From what I gather psychiatrists are more prone to write prescriptions. Having said that I do feel it’s important to suss out who is a “good fit”, whether they’re a psychiatrist or psychologist or therapist. To continue to search until you find a good fit. And then, there will be the decisions you need to make on an ongoing basis about whether you’re making headway or not, and if not, find a different therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist.

      I think we’re taught to automatically give too much respect (if that’s the right word) to these individuals, same as MD’s. They’re just human beings and depending on how much experience, knowledge and wisdom they have, will determine how well the therapy will go.

      Having said that I’ve found the majority of HSPs have more to learn about setting health boundaries with others and with themselves. This requires a lot of attention, focus, integrity and personal introspection. However, it is well worth it.

      I know what you mean about not being aware of how much you’re actually feeling/reading/intuiting. And yes, I agree, it can feel lonely at times, particularly when it requires looking for, advocating for ourselves, and finding the best support for ourselves.

      Yes, it is amazing to have the HSP Trait! Challenging, rewarding, frustrating at times, but also incredibly beautiful.

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