2. I have little interest in spending 10 minutes with a person to prescribe him chemicals. All the psychiatrists I have worked with/met so far do just that. I'm terrified of the M.D. because I don't want to set myself up for a position that pays me to push people away.
3. I cannot imagine being satisfied with the scope and depth of a social work education; nor does it seem like it will help pay my and eventually my sister's rent.
Is this really a lose-lose situation?
I am interested in:
1. Cognitive-behavioral therapy as primary line of defense [preceded by motivational interviewing/ analogous/chimeric techniques specific to substance abuse, if this ends up my general field of choice].
2. Looking at faces more than looking at papers, numbers, computer screens [an impossible dream?].
I need to know, to put it bluntly, if psychiatry can be therapeutic in more than a pharmaceutical sense, whether the modern psychiatrist can manage to be an effective and thorough therapist. My personal experience shows that there's room for this as a Psychology Ph.D. and an M.S.W. in the context of private practice.
My burning question for the audience:
It would really help me to hear a bit more personal feedback. If you have had any experience engaging with a psychiatrist, I would be thrilled to hear your thoughts or stories. Reply to the post anonymously if you prefer, or e-mail me; I will be eternally grateful.