(20 sec read) You can read all the same literature (and more), have 25 years first hand experience (with mania), try most of the meds, and psychiatrists/therapists will still refuse to acknowledge a patient as an “expert” (my opinion). It’s inherently an inferior title and role, perhaps problematically so.

We aren’t always sick, so why are we always patients?

This can be a problem anytime mediocre or entry level treatment occurs (like students and newbies), but otherwise is rare. Sometimes you have to just leave and find a new provider.

Who knows more isn’t really important anyway, so long as treatment is legit.

Disclaimer: I am not an expert in mania or bipolar or mental health.

Author Note: In my experience, ego is intimately intertwined into psych provider approach, especially MD’s. Whether they like to openly admit this or not, this MD title is very important to their social status; they worked really hard (and spent a lot of $$) to achieve this. So it’s a common dynamic to feel a prescriber desire being the smartest person in the room; i.e. the leader.

Would you treat the situation the same if a cabinet maker spent 30 years perfecting his craft? Likely not. You would call this cabinet maker an expert, and work together for constructive solutions as a team. “I’m smarter than you because I have a degree” is an archaic approach in a modern world with instant access to information. There are no gatekeepers anymore, but you will still find old providers trying to establish dominance, as sad and counterproductive as it sounds.

In fact, I am yet to find a provider or therapist willing to give me (as patient) an acknowledge expertise nod. It almost always billows into contentious bullshit. Hence why I wrote this article saying: “Psychiatrists are used to dictating advice. They work alone and are accustom to being final word. Their ego is intimately intertwined with their profession”.

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