How to handle your psychiatrist

You will need the insight of two people, that is your own personal insight and an insight into your psychiatrist.
 
The usual involvement with a psychiatrist will be as a result of your behavior being not what society likes, but was not sufficient as to break the law. Had you broken the law, you would be dealing with the court system.
 
So if a psychiatrist is presented with someone who has not behaved as society wants people to behave, then the first duty a psychiatrist has to perform is to give you a diagnosis.
 
Mental illness does not come into it. Just consider that in DSM 3, homosexuality was a disorder. That was just a societal view, and clearly was never a mental illness, but it was according to psychiatry.
 
More and more forms of behavior have been invented that society does not like, hence more and more people diagnosed with a mental illness which is just a concoction.
 
This diagnosis may have little relevance to the context in which you found yourself in, and is entirely bound by societal values and has very little to do with mental health.
 
You will be given a diagnosis. In doing so, if there is not any symptoms that stand out, other than perhaps anger and frustration, then a psychiatrist will seek information, perhaps by asking of you or others associated with you.
 
The psychiatrist will then seek to make the information available that suits a diagnosis fit the diagnosis, whilst at the same time ignoring all information that would be counter to this diagnosis.
 
The psychiatrist is seeking information to reinforce his/her view whilst ignoring information that is counter to this view. If it were the patient behaving like this, it would be confirmation of a mental illness.
 
If you are faced with a psychiatrist, you will already be under a great deal of personal stress, perhaps exacerbated by family or other social dynamics in your life.
 
This will tend to make you come across as someone who is overly angry, distressed, pressure of speech, appearing to be very emotional, depressed, excitable.... etc etc etc.... all very classic symptoms for a psychiatric diagnosis.
 
In reality, your reactions are nothing to do with any genuine mental illness. You are in fact acting very normally to some very abnormal situations in your life.
 
At the time of course it is virtually impossible to behave in any other way. You were behaving very normally.
 
But now you have a mental diagnosis, a mental illness.
 
This will have brought about all kinds of other feelings, none of them helpful.
 
So moving on.
 
When people have faced trauma or bad things have happened/been done to them, there is a universal need to be heard.
 
Now we have to consider the psychology of the psychiatrist.
 
First we should consider their family background and upbringing.
 
They are most likely from some sort of privileged background, and that does not always mean financial privilege. You can have financial privilege and emotional deprecation, or a family with limited financial means but very emotionally supportive.
 
Whatever the mix, the psychiatrist will have come from some sort of narrow, very structured, and in one form or another privileged background.
 
They will have lived a very emotionally narrow life, with few testing life experiences.
 
They will have been brought up with firm values from a very narrow and ill informed base.

They thus have a very distorted view of the World and human existence. In themselves sufficient grounds for the psychiatrist to be given a personality disorder.

Through all this, they will have adopted very rigid thinking. This would be grounds for a digmosis of a mental illness.

The person you will be dealing with is someone who has an over-inflated ego, a sense of entitlement, a feeling that they can do no wrong, that they cannot be challenged and their very beliefs of the World they live in are severely distorted.

We all create our own little World's of what we consider to be reality.

Those people for whose vision of reality is fragile and easily challenged are those that get the most angry when their view of life, their belief system, is challenged.

This is the case with your psychiatrist. And given his/her position of authority, and the views they have about this position, then any challenge to their existing status quo will bring about a severe reaction.

They will always justify their position as you being a person who is mentally ill, and they are the people who can never be wrong as stated on record by Dr Jan Holmes, psychiatrist.
 
If we reflect for one moment of the astronomer Galileo.
 
Galileo was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance.
 
He dared to suggest that the Earth was not the centre of the universe and this of course blew apart all the teachings of the Catholic Church.
 
He was imprisoned.
 
Had there been a psychiatrist available at the time, we could be confident he would have been diagnosed as mentally ill and sent to a psychiatric hospital and given forced medication, turning him into some sort of tranquillized zombie or given the power of the Catholic Church would likely have been given ECT.
 
It is worthy of note that Galileo is recognized as doing some of his best work while imprisoned. Fortunately, the mental health system as it has evolved into was not present at that time otherwise there would have been a great loss to society.
 
The point is that human behavior has not changed and you will be facing the same sort of limited and narrow minded thinking from your psychiatrist as did the Catholic Church in the time of Galileo.
 
When people are allowed into positions such as that of psychiatry, the outcome is inevitable.