“Meeting face-to-face with your psychiatrist is not for a chat. A consultation is imperative if the patient is to fully understand the nature of any medications they are prescribed and the possible and potentially very dangerous side-effects. The psychiatrist also has an opportunity to further know their patient and assess if the prescription is currently suitable.
I am a reasonably well-informed patient, but even I will not be taking these medications. I have been prescribed these medications based on 10-month-old information about me. All I was given was a letter with a confusing dosage regimen on it.
I’m losing trust in practitioners to take informed and proper care of me, which means I am less likely to engage further in ‘the system’. I can’t trust the decision; in absentia healthcare is simply dangerous.”
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