(2 min read) Doctors/MDs still adhere to strict hierarchies tiered by degree of knowledge, literally. This means anytime you find yourself a patient, you’re inherently considered inferior by role.

When you spend a lifetime studying your own illness (and its literature), it’s common to be more of an “expert” than your doctor, if nothing else based on having the time and resources to selfishly study one topic exclusively. Besides, it’s not exactly rocket science.

That said, MDs will almost never allow you to stand superior. And this contentious reality will come up anytime you have to challenge opinion or treatment (in respect to mental illness).

This strict, grossly archaic role-based relationship ignores the information we all have access to now freely, and is inherently flawed for mental health.

Doctor always trumps patient, by their own definition. Zero exceptions.

They were raised with this mantra. And MDs have spent lifetimes adhering to exactly this structure. So it’s important to them they be the smartest person in the room. Respectfully, they usually are. But not always. It’s this not always that’s a huge problem.

Disclaimer: raised by an MD father who has never taken a day of mental health training in his life, doesn’t believe gay or bipolar exists, but single-handedly carries the highest degree of confidence when dictating what someone else should do with their mental illness (including mine).

Watching my father flail among this false sense of confidence perpetuates eternally in a system of never being challenged; a professional vacuum. In work or in life.

I tried. And to this day he no longer speaks to me, as my education finally trumps his, he refuses to accept this inferiority, and now finds me a threat to his stature while attempting to dictate my treatment, which usually includes “taking your meds”. It’s that petty. It’s that ugly.

ER doctors are some of the worst mental health professionals I’ve ever seen. They have no natural buffer able to humble them straight. Their bravado holding high risk for ignorance.

It’s ok to be wrong. Doctor included. My issue (with my MD father) relates to him thinking he is never wrong. Then existing in a place where this theory never gets challenged at all. All while getting rich doing it.

He thinks my happily married decades-long gay cousin is “in a gay phase”. So I asked him: “when was your gay phase pops?” He snubbed his nose in disapproval.

I mean the ignorance is palatable. I’ve witnessed this firsthand my entire life. It breaks my heart to see it here with mental health. PS I fully support any sexual orientation, just not my father 🙃

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