Dinah, ClinkShrink, & Roy produce Shrink Rap: a blog by Psychiatrists for Psychiatrists, interested bystanders are also welcome. A place to talk; no one has to listen.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Shrink Rap Survey on Attitudes Towards Psychiatry
If you like our survey, we would appreciate it if you would put a link on your blog and facebook page! And, of course, please check back soon for the results! The link to this post is: http://bit.ly/shrinkrapsurvey
Interesting questionairre. Interesting enough for me to stick around and complete.
What if I answered two questions, then hit enter after typing something in the Other box, and it thought I finished the questionnaire? I don't want to mess up your results but I want to do the other questions, should I just skip the first two then?
That will probably mess up your results too. I don't know.
Sarebear, how could you!!!
Oh, by all means, finish the survey. You've stood modern science on its head now.
LOL...I also hit enter halfway! But then did the rest of the Qs in round #2 :-)
I understand that you want your survey to get top billing, but isn't there a way to also post to the blog without displacing its spot? I for one miss your posts and wish we did not have to wait until May 18th's "reveal" of results before reading any other posts to your blog.
I second Sunny's comment above. Doesn't the new NYT article on Dr. Srota merit a new blog entry that would be out of date if we wait?
The world is near disaster and we are waiting for the results of a poll! Imagine if Paul Revere had delayed his ride because he was waiting for the results of a poll...
We aren't waiting until May for another post, we're all just busy at the moment!
Jesse, are you offering to write a guest post on the NYTimes article? Love to have you.
Thanks for this opportunity. I completed the questionnare, but I sensed that it is being used as an opportunity to push for greater use of psychotherapy. That's all fine and good, but psychotherapy has a limited role in treating mental illness. There are lots of exciting alternative therapies available incorporating vitamins, putative energy, vibration, resonance, etc. Psychotherapy has its place, but may not as effective for many people as these newer approaches.
Psychotherapy is the only answer for many mental conditions especially those who were called "neurosis" a word that was taken from circulation by psychiatry because you cannot prescribe pills for neurotics.
Vietnam soldiers were war neurotics but it was changed for PTSD so that it is possible to treat with a cocktail of pills.
It is funny seeing people rejecting the biological approach and at the same time claiming that this or that will boost serotonine, dopamine... what about the millions of neurotransmitters that are not yet known? What about the relationship between the chemical and electrical brain? And the brain with the body...
There are good coping strategies but what is real of help is th old and long road of therapy.
Or keep trying eating pills or vitamins or whatever in your body.
The mind? Don't bother!
Psychiatry is not the answer.
There are many safer and more effective treatments available...
Treatments that help people heal, recover, find wellness -
Duane Sherry, M.S.
I have a sneaky suspension this is a psychiatric bait questionnaire that will be used as some form of finger pointing vehicle and rant against those anti-psychiatry folks...Psychiatrist tend to have very thin skin to go along with their over inflated fragile egos....funny, many actually like to think of themselves as real medical doctors...
The survey is only to get some rough figures to talk about at APA in 2 weeks. It is not "scientific" in the sense that the questions were validated and tested, the answers were subjected to a factor analysis, or the sampling method uses random distribution while ensuring all demographics are well represented. It is not a Harris or Gallop poll, it is just what we put together. No need to read much more into it than that.
Regarding the antipsychiatry question, I read a thoughtful piece about this over on Opposing Views. Worth reading... www.opposingviews.com/i/debunking-the-anti-psychiatry-movement.
Not everyone who is critical of psychiatry thinks like that and the term "antipsychiatry" is sometimes used as a slur to dismiss legitimate concern expressed by people who can deal with the nature of reality which is generally not black and white. One might not like psychiatry as a whole and still see the people who embrace it for what they are...some of whom are indeed sincere and honest folk.
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