#048 – My Current Psychiatrist

I have seen Gem for about 12 or 13 years. We go way back. It’s a strange relationship with shrinks as they know almost everything about you yet you know nothing about them. After all of this time I don’t even know if he has kids or if he is married? I know why it is: they don’t want the crazies like myself stalking them. He is very casual, he wears Nike Air Jordan’s, and is super laid back. We never go over old stuff. We don’t talk about my auditory hallucinations or my paranoia – what else is there to say about them after talking to him about these things for so many years? He’s more interested in how I’ve been travelling in general, if I’ve been smoking pot or drinking and we just have small talk about things way off topic of psychiatry. I sometimes wonder why I continue to see him but I am reminded that he can get me in and out of this hospital that I am currently in, he is authorised to prescribe me Clozapine and if I wasn’t under his care it would be another shrink who may be no better or worse.

As long as I’m compliant by taking my med’s and keeping my appointments he’s always friendly but also very professional. There have been times when I have pissed him off. Once I came back to the hospital drunk after drinking with my cousin. I spoke to the night nurse and broke down in tears. I was an emotional mess and the nurse was so concerned she rang Gem at home at 11:30pm. This didn’t go down well with Gem and he made it known the next day when I saw him. I was lucky not to be kicked out of the hospital and sent somewhere less desirable. There are occasions when I miss a blood test, don’t get my medication or miss appointments which upsets him too. For the best part of the time we get along well. i’m lucky to have him!

Published by aperfecttool83

I'm a 37 year old who lives in Melbourne Australia. I have many interests but I want to base this blog on my mental health. I have schizophrenia, depression & anxiety. I have 15 years experience with psychiatrists and I have had close to 20 hospital admissions. I plan on writing about my delusions, voices, paranoia, depression and how to deal with them psychiatrists :) I really hope this blog can help someone. Please feel free to contact me and I promise to get back to you. Have a nice day!

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