26 June 2017 @ 11:33 am
Thank you a thousand times over to everyone who's bought me a cup of coffee. I'm especially touched by the single cup donations - you have no idea. And I'm working on my feelings of guilt and shame around this whole bankruptcy business. I'm turning things around in my mind piece by piece and I will absolutely get there, I promise.

I went to see my psychiatrist this morning. They had me pee in a cup to make sure I wasn't abusing Adderall, which is either a really smart policy choice or kind of invasive - I can't quite figure out how I feel about it. And then I was seen by the nurse, who had just stuck herself with a needle by accident and almost passed out because she hates needles (and yet is a nurse?). She asked me what are, apparently, some standard questions about how patients are doing, one of which asked me to say if I was partially recovered, almost recovered, or cured. "Are you kidding me?" was not an acceptable answer (though she was amused). The whole experience was so odd. Were there more options near me I think I'd be looking for a new one, but my friend G has been to the only other psychiatrist recommended in a 75-mile area, and he refused to prescribe on the first visit. Which again - perhaps a smart policy? But it left her without any ADHD meds and he had no openings on his calendar until the end of July.


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blueraccoon[personal profile] blueraccoon on June 26th, 2017 05:51 pm (UTC)
The UA may be a mandated thing for record purposes; I've been on pain contracts before and they always require random urinalysis to make sure you're not taking anything you shouldn't be and that you are taking what they prescribe. Adderall being a controlled substance and extremely lucrative on the black market, my guess is they're just doing the UA for CYA purposes. It's invasive and humiliating because you're being treated like you're going to abuse your meds, it's just a question of when, but it is part of the price sometimes. I'm sorry :(
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blueraccoon[personal profile] blueraccoon on June 27th, 2017 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thought, though--is there any reason you can't keep seeing your current psychiatrist until after you've met the new doctor and had your visit so that by the time you stop seeing your first psychiatrist your second will prescribe and you can stay on your meds?
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Liz / pyrrhical / anoyo: spn sam/dean[personal profile] anoyo on June 26th, 2017 08:00 pm (UTC)
Your psychiatrist's office should not be asking if you're "cured." That's not trauma-informed language. I'm sorry they're doing that. (Also: since when do you cure mental health issues? They sort of stay there, and you manage them. Question should be: has treatment been helping you to feel more in control of your life?)

/works in Trauma-Informed Care psychoeducation
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