June 4, 2012

Rules for Dealing with Psych Patients

#1. Don't cancel appointments when the patient is out of meds. That one could have gone terribly wrong for you.

#2. Don't schedule appointments for a specific time and then let them sit in the waiting room to watch the other patients and pray to God that they are the relatively sane patient for NINETY MINUTES!!!

#3. After you have made your patient wait for NINETY MINUTES do not, DO. NOT. come and ask them if they are ready yet. I'm pretty sure that shit'll get you killed by a less sane patient.

#4. If you don't remember shit else about patient beyond diagnosis and medication, don't bother pretending that you do. I'm only there for a refill and you're making yourself look like a douche bag.

#5. Warn office staff not to get bitchy. Your tardiness may not be their fault but we're crazy and we will take it out on them anyway.


Furry Bottoms said...

I like that list very much. Thankfully my psychiatrist runs like clockwork. He is never late, he is never out, he is always polite and all. I'm so thankful to him! 90 minutes is ridiculous. I wouldn't have waited all that time. I would've said have the dr call in my meds, I have another appointment to get to. Make them hurry up things some if possible. Geez.

Lorie Shewbridge said...

I so agree with your list and with Furry Bottoms. I wouldn't have waited the 90 minutes, I would have told them I had another appt. and had the doctor call in my meds and rescheduled my appt.
That is ridiculous... If he had an emergency, they should have told you when you walked in and given you the option to reschedule.

Shan G said...

Ok, I saw the title of this post and had to comment. Mainly because I used to be a Psych Nurse in the Ca Prison system. I've seen it all!

Those rules should apply to ALL medical offices, not just psychiatrists. LOL By the way, I have never, ever heard of a Psychiatrist letting patients wait for NINETY MINUTES! That is insane.

Did anyone in the staff ever tell the waiting room that there was a delay? Even once? I would have been all up in their grills about that shit.

PS: Most people in the psychiatric field are way more fucked up than their patients. They usually decided to treat others because they couldn't fix themselves. <~~~ FACT