Okay, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out my primary diagnosis from the title of the blog. So anyone reading this needs to know that everything here is going to be my own opinion and not related to some secret society established to treat that diagnosis. Also I will do my very best not to share any stories that I may have heard at a meeting of the secret society without express permission of the story’s owner.
Also, while I am a psychiatrist, I would hope that it would go without writing that nothing on here should be construed as medical advice. While telemedicine is a real thing (which mystifies me in the case of specialties that actually lay hands on their patients), blog medicine is NOT a real thing.
Also, before I joined the secret society, I used to think that I could achieve most anything I wanted to on the power of my brain alone. For example, I thought I was smart enough to come up with a solution for my primary diagnosis on my own. After all, I was a board certified psychiatrist and the current treatment for that diagnosis is a book that was published in 1939. Can you imagine that, state of the art treatment for a medical condition is a seventy-eight year old book!!! By way of comparison, if you were diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) in the 1930’s, your doctor would have told you that this is a normal compensatory reaction of the body and that lowering that high blood pressure could be dangerous.
Unfortunately/fortunately the society has taught me otherwise and I have since learned that — in the case of my primary diagnosis — I’m really pretty stupid (lacking insight for those who prefer medical wording) and that there really is currently no better treatment.