I remember the first time I walked into my psychiatrist’s office. There was a huge sign on the wall with an arrow: Psychiatric Ward. Am I crazy, or is that a demoralizing introduction to adult mental health?
As I’ve mentioned, my shrink is currently on maternity leave. As I haven’t mentioned, because I haven’t gotten around to writing about it, my replacement shrink is too far away and also I missed my last appointment with but anyway, she’s not the type of shrink I want to be seeing. I want to see a shrink who knows ADD like I know the inside of my closet. I want an expert.
Such an expert does exist within the same department as my temp-shrink but in the same building as my shrink-on-leave, which is much closer, and cheaper for parking.
A few months ago I wrote a (very good, I think) post on how hard it is to accomplish things when people don’t get back to you, especially when you have ADD.
I want to switch doctors. I very, very badly want to switch doctors, and I have been taking action towards that goal. I have been calling the department of mental health (that’s the true name, and not the one on the sign. Clearly, the clinic needs some updating) every week but to no avail. I simply can not get in touch with anyone in my department. That is, I couldn’t get in touch with anyone until a few days ago when I tried all the numbers that they had listed and actually got to speak with the secretary (who sits, I kid you not, in an office with a sliding window like in a Boston gas station, presumably to protect her from psych cases like me.)
Well, she remembered me from my previous visits and sympathized with my plight, though of course she was not able to help me. The best thing to do, she advised me, would be to call my temporary shrink and ask her for a referral to the desired shrink.
So I called, and guess what? NOTHING HAPPENED. Nobody called me back. I had no response whatsoever. Am I crazy, or is it completely irresponsible for a medical clinic to completely ignore the calls of it’s patients? Especially, dare I say, if it’s a psych ward.
NB: I stand corrected. The temp-shrink’s office did reach out to me. By snail mail. They sent me a bill charging me for my missed appointment.
Isn’t it a good one? My compliments to the photographer.