Gee, guys. Glad you find this subject so funny. For those of us who have lived through years of this, serious hospital treatment including electro-convulsive therapy, multiple prescription trials, multiple hospital admissions, lost employment, etc. it is not so funny. I wish someone had screened me earlier for diagnosis, and for heavens sakes I am a registered nurse!
BTW, psychiatrists should be in charge of medication management, especially for children, not the family doctor.
They are the experts. My internist won't touch that subject.
posted on 04/17/2005 7:35:51 AM PDT
( GoodGirlInRed Four More Years!!!!!)
I'm sorry to hear of your troubles. I for one don't think it's funny at all... The problem with this screening tool, is that it is possible for MDs to prescribe heavy-duty anti-depressants to people WITHOUT requiring any type of counseling. This "screening" while it may help some people who have GOOD doctors who are well-educated in these areas, could be a very bad thing for people who have MDs that already over-prescribe these medications without added support (the MDs could see this as a complete diagnostic tool that gives them a green light to prescribe).
As a nurse, and someone who unfortunately has first hand knowledge on this subject I'm sure you understand what I mean when I say this could be dangerous...
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