Not that long ago I read a news story about three women who had reported that the psychiatrist treating them had insisted on sex.
Lawrence H. Climo, MD
A hypothetical first conversation with a non-binary person . . . One of us would be feeling nervous and the other certain—a phenomenon not unfamiliar to a psychiatrist, only here the roles would be reversed.
RUMINATIONS OF A PSYCHIATRIST
“If someone were to write a book about your life, living with your illness, and all you have seen and suffered and survived, what might be a good title for that book?”
It’s not mental illness.
With the goal of making psychiatric care more available, accessible, and affordable while maintaining the highest standards...comes the challenge of accomplishing this with limited resources.
If psychiatrists can stand ready to help survivors of cults and kidnappings, and returning POWs, how is a child suicide-bomber applicant with approving parents any different?
Words have power. These include the power to heal, especially words spoken by physicians, mental healers in particular—psychiatrists.
People—staff and patients both—confide secrets to strangers. We all need to unburden in a way that won’t come back to bite us.
There are no books written by, or even about, locum tenens psychiatrists. Why is that? Why is their story—the story of psychiatrists who "hold a place," participate a bit, and then move on—not shared? Is there nothing in their experience worth sharing?