Originally Posted by johnnydrama
And interviewing kids in the inpatient ward made me furious. For many of them, I'd sooner lock up their parents than the children.
And there, in a nutshell, is why I didn't go into C&A.
I don't agree that social workers can do everything a psychiatrist can do. For that matter, I also don't think a psychiatrist can do everything a social worker can do. Very different fields, with a lot of overlap, both very necessary. But a lot of my frustration with working in mental health, I'm finding, comes from trying to find solutions/answers/treatment for individuals when the things causing the problem/distress operate at a systems level. I can't give people a job when they don't have one and are facing losing their home. I can't make psychotherapy affordable when insurance doesn't cover it or it does, but with crazy co-pays. I can't give people a childhood transplant with well-adjusted parents and a stable nurturing environment. I can't even make my current state of residence have resources (like community treatment team) that I took for granted in the state I trained in.
But still, I agree with Whopper. If psychiatry is BS, I'm okay with that. Just don't consult me.