I am a survivor of two suicide attempts. And that number would probably be much higher, were it not for the help of my psychiatrist. I’d like to publicly thank the many psychiatrists that are helping people with mental illness, and let them know that their work and efforts do not go unnoticed. Yet, in many ways, they are the quiet and overlooked practice of medicine and I think it’s time that we shout it from the rooftops how amazing psychiatrists really are!
1. They’re doctors. They take the same training as every other Doctor out there and then, they specialize in the field of psychiatry. That’s the study of the mind. Our LARGEST organ. And most complex. There’s the neurologists and neurosurgeons that look after the physical ongoings of this mighty organ, but the psychiatrists have the tough role of trying to tend to the extremely complex inner workings of the mysterious mind.
2. They have to deal with a lot of pain and suffering that they cannot just write a prescription for or perform a surgery to fix. Emotional pain is just as real as physical pain and these gatekeepers must hear a lot behind those closed doors. We trust them to help us formulate a plan to deal with the thoughts we experience and the pain we feel. Oftentimes, our relationship with our psychiatrist is a long one and one we come to rely upon.
3. I don’t think there’s enough attention paid to the phenomenal work that psychiatrists do in their field. I want to see more good stories about the lives they change and the treatments they’re involved in that make a huge impact on the mental health community. It’s my hope that as people become more vocal about their experiences with a psychiatrist and treatments, these doctors will receive the recognition they deserve.
4. I think that psychiatrists get a bad rap. They’re often portrayed as cold and unfeeling in media and television, yet they remain in a field that is dedicated to helping the most vulnerable. Every profession has a few bad apples – but I believe every psychiatrist goes into the field with the honest intent of wanting to help others. Let’s give them that benefit of the doubt. If you don’t click with your particular Doctor, don’t write him or her off as being a bad Doctor – it might just be a personality clash.
5. It’s time to honour and celebrate these hard working and dedicated professionals that help improve the lives of people living with mental illness. Next time you see your psychiatrist, thank them for all they do!
Let’s show all of our medical professionals the gratitude and appreciation we have for their efforts in keeping us healthy. It’s an important relationship and one that should be honoured.