Tuesday, September 22, 2009

"Why do you think people would treat you worse if they knew the truth?"

I'm watching last night's episode of House.

(Don't worry, no spoilers.)

He's in the psych ward. Several of my patients today were really upset about this episode, and I'm trying to figure out why. My conclusion thusfar (I'm maybe halfway through) is that it's just the State Psych Hospital feel of the set. Which...I have a lot of trouble believing someone like House would be in a place like this. But, okay.

I really like the lead psychiatrist (or at least, I did until the boundary crossing). I identify with him, I'm not sure why. I wonder what it says about me (I'm kind of wondering why it's not House I identify with). Maybe it's the stubborn. Or the interpretations. I've had a lot of patient visits and family meetings over the past few days in which I've spent a lot of time being way more directive and interpretive than I normally tend to be. So far, it's worked out, although there's one case I'm a wee bit worried about.

Okay, that's not true. I'm worried about most of them. It's what I do.

I dunno, y'all. I'm tired. And my stomach hurts. And I don't feel so good in general. I'm unsettled, and I'm pensive, and...I...yeah, I dunno....

So, episode over, and my opinion of it is overall positive. Although I think the catatonia girl storyline was pushing dramatic license a bit.

And, there was one line in there (not the title line, which I also like) that I think very eloquently sums up my own ideas about therapy:

"You've got to make things better, you can't just keep talking and hope for the best."

Funny how many people don't get that.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hm! That's because "talk" is nothing but words----while "doing" requires work!

Enjoy Carol