I know as a pre-med it's far too early to concern myself with medical specialties, but at the same time psychiatry really is what first procured my interest in medicine in the first place. That being said, why is there such demonization/controversy when it comes to Psychiatry? And no, I'm not just talking about scientology, but in general. I realize it may be less "concrete" than other sciences, but still what makes Psychiatry a pseudoscience? Or for that matter a Psychiatrist a "fake doctor".
I shadow several doctors who are very heavy hitters in academic medicine at some very high ranking schools, and they absolutely detest psychiatrists. They will go back and forth on horror stories with psychiatrists, and talk about their incompetence and status of the field as pseudo science. Apparently, this is a fairly common view because they talk about how all their colleagues feel the same way. Lol I cannot even explain how much they hate it. I saw a resident get ridiculed for weeks, just because he once said that he strongly considered going into psych instead of surgery. To a lot of the more prestigious specialties, psychiatrists truly are not seen as actual doctors. Not my view, but I'm just sayin.
I am troubled by some of the controversy about the field tho. Around half of the writers of the DSM-IV receive money from pharmaceutical companies, and it really makes you wonder what their intentions are when they say you should take a certain drug. I saw a psychiatrist once, and she tried so hard to push meds on me. Just because I said I spent more money than I should have on some new clothes the other day, she suspected I had a mania. And tried convincing me that I was depressed, and wanted me to take antidepressants. Lol I'm extremely happy, and I have no idea what her deal was.
Psychiatry is probably the easiest specialty. There are psychiatrists on our mental health unit who diagnose everyone with bipolar disorder disorder. Everyone. How easy is that? You have hallucinations? You have bipolar disorder. You get depressed? You have bipolar disorder. You complain of anxiety? You have bipolar disorder. I'm not even sure that mood stablizers help those people. Whenever I see this, I cringe. It didn't seem that bad in psych 5 or so years ago when I worked there as a student. Unfortunately, we didn't really help patients back then either.