February 12, 2015 by socialaction2014
So what about other practitioners not in the mental health field? How do they talk to psych patients? Do you have any stories of your own that you’ve observed or experienced?
Say the cardiologist? The nurse checking blood pressure? The patient on a medical unit for a broken hip? In these contexts, psych patients are still treated differently at times.
I’ve heard a ton of stories about the ER room, when a patient comes in with chest pain, for example. Tears are flowing down Frank’s stubbled face, he is shaking and sweating and is sure he is going to have a heart attack. Everyone takes Frank seriously, that is until they see Frank’s med list. Some not so nice words are exchanged, and so forth after that.
Frank’s story and others like it are all bummer stories. But it hits me hard when later, if one such patient was fortunate enough to press the…
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