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Psychiatrists Aren’t Psychics

April 5, 2012

I know the two words sound very similar, but they are most certainly not the same. I recently received a request to see a patient to determine if he could get through a procedure without having a panic attack.

If I could predict the future, I would have won the lottery last week! Sadly, I didn’t.

I suppose I understand that other physicians would like to have psychiatric issues under control so that they can get their work done. That’s why I do what I do. However, psychiatric issues, just like medical issues, can be quite unpredictable. No one gets frustrated when a person has an unexpected bout of asthma, but if someone has a panic attack, the reaction to that is that the person isn’t in control of their behavior. The thing is, although some psychiatric issues certainly stem from voluntary behavioral actions, some presentations are involuntary. Like a panic attack, which is a result of the sympathetic nervous system gone haywire.

Anyway I try not to be rude to those asking for help, but needed to vent a little today. Thanks for reading and hopefully you learned something too!