Term Paper: Sit-Down With an Experience Psychologist

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[. . .] This can lead to a quandary when trying to talk to the person in therapy because it's more of a relationship issue and/or a problem the other person has rather than something that is wrong with the person in the office. Even so, she said that it's still possible to gently nudge someone in the seemingly right direction without giving the "that person is full of it" speech. It usually holds much better if the "patient" figures it out on their own.

The other ethical things she brought up were more general and were by no means specific to what she's seen or heard in her own practice. She does feel that no one should be forced (knowingly or unknowingly) to take medication without their consent. She also feels that people should not be forced to engage in therapy unless they truly wish to do so and/or it's court-ordered due to the actions/inactions of the person. For example, she's fine with a domestic violence criminal being mandated to get anger management because it's a disservice to the society to just let that go on. After all, the person can't be locked up forever and does need to address their problem since violence is never right. However, no therapy is going to go well or work out well if the person is not an active and willing participant of the therapy. This is even more true of medication. One can make a case for and against using animals, the whole guinea pig argument, but people should not be treated like lab rats in the opinion of the psychologist interviewed for this report.

Direction of Field of Psychology

One of the future directions the psychologist interviewed thinks is relevant has already been alluded to, that being the whole question of whether people across society are getting the quality and amount of care that is important and needed. As also noted above, there are divergent answers and viewpoints as to whether mental illness is over-played or too minimized in this country. The psychologist interviewed thinks it's certainly the latter and it's not even close. The two prior-mentioned issues of people seeking drugs they don't need and truly ill people not getting the help they need will both need to be addressed, each in their own way. The practice of people popping pills for sport needs to cracked down upon but the people that need medication should be given the opportunity to get the treatment they need at minimal expense.

On that note, she does feel that something will need to be done to address the cost of drugs and one big part of that are patents on name brand medications. Some name brand patents run for 25 years and this precludes generic iterations of very expensive drugs coming out. One example is the OCD drug Luvox. Luvox is a time-released version of another drug that has a generic, but no generic exists for Luvox and none will for at least ten years due to patent restrictions. One trivia note that the psychologist offered is that a different company makes the drug than originally did because of a lawsuit centering on the fact that one of the Columbine school shooters took the drug.

This leads to another topic the psychologist wanted to discuss, that being the litigious nature of people regarding their doctors and even therapists. This psychologist herself has not been sued but she has been made aware of ones that have been and it blows her mind that patients would do such a thing absent a clear amount of negligence or wanton disregard for the patient's safety. She said she thinks part of the problem is a lack of personal responsibility with some patients. They apparently think that doctors and/or therapists shoulder all of the responsibility for "righting the ship" and it is truly the other way around. The solutions and frameworks to get better are there but it is not the fault of the professionals that the people are sick and they cannot "put in the work" required of any suffering patient. Drugs and therapy can help but only if the patient takes the drug correctly and actually makes an effort both during and between therapy sessions.

Areas of Expansion

The author of this paper is asked to expand on what different and new areas that the general field of psychology should expand into. The author of this paper feels that psychologists should function much like sociologists in that they should start getting out the message that people can and should get treatment. To address the issue of money, psychiatrists can use generic drugs instead name brand drugs with no generics and psychologists can offer low-cost (or free) sessions for people that truly need help but cannot afford it. These sessions can be done on weekends on a volunteer basis. Psychologists certainly need to make a living but the author of this paper is sure that many psychologists already offer lower- to free-cost services but the practice should be expanded by anyone that is willing and able to so.

Similarly, there should be public service announcements and other initiatives that focus on helping to define what mental illness is, that it most definitely does not make you a bad or "weak" person, and the options that exist. People that have the means to pay for their own care should be made to do so but people that are truly hard up on their luck should be getting reduced to free-cost care because it helps society as a whole if they get the care they need. Many of the people that "inform" this debate are demagogues who are just advancing their own biases and viewpoints and these people need to be called out for what they are. Similarly, anyone who belittles or mocks people with mental illness need to be similarly called out and identified for what they are because they pollute the process and all of the ensuing results and efforts.

Lastly, the overall assessment tools should be as refined and as exacting as possible and real-world data should be used to mold that all more than anything. Whether one speaks of the DSM frameworks or anything else, the people that come up with these frameworks should not be in ivory towers and should not be basing their assessment tools on anything other than best practices and what gets the best results. As noted in the interview, many disorders exhibit the same signs but there are always defining and differentiating characteristics. Things like personal biases and poltics needs to be left out of the conversation because this serves no one's best interests, the patients being the most adversely affected by catfights and other delays in getting the right frameworks in place.

To put it more simply, psychologists need to do what they can to get the word out about what options exist for suffering people and those that love them and that are worried about them. It will provide a good service to all of society as everyone would benefit.

Conclusion

In short, the interview went very well. So much more was discussed that could have been included in this report but this report focused on what was specifically requested and a few of the other more important points. The author of this report would love to pick the brain of the psychologist a bit more. The author of this paper just might do that as the field of psychology greatly interests and enthralls the author of this report. [END OF PREVIEW]

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