How to deal with an abrasive psychiatrist?

Folks, I have reached the end of the line with my current doctor. He’s close by, and I have been struggling to overcome being housebound due to misdiagnosis and mismanagement of my treatment. Those past years left me too depressed in seclusion, hardly able to access services, and not motivated to leave home due to the unresolved loss of faith that there is a place where I can safely belong.

I documented my last encounter with this doctor here.

I will continue to get him to handle my prescriptions. But, I know he at least does not share in the sentiment that ASD patients can look forward to a positive life, and support to be able to overcome challenges like mine.

It’s been over a year now since we revised my diagnosis, I need support, not financial, moral and therapeutic. But I sadly cannot afford private access, except for a wonderful therapist I see on Skype but with a very limited schedule, and located in the UK.

I am not sure if his behaviour should be addressed in a more responsible manner, if this is hurting the chances for others to get better. He is clearly a narcissist. What options are there to pursue? I am not interested in anything of a personal nature here, I just want to move on, but be responsible.

Input is greatly appreciated.

Depending on where you’re located & the regulations locally, you likely have the option of filing a complaint with the governing board. That being said, it would require documentation & energy/effort on your part. Whether or not this is malpractice or a mismatch of ideals/treatment plan would be up to the overseeing board.

Either way, I hope you find the support that will benefit you the most in the long term.

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Let me bring a positive note, I made it to the other side, thanks to you and a few others, I beat the odds of my inept doctor, I start with a caseworker next week — ie I did a lot over the past 2 years to fight his view that I am ill-of-mind to expect more from life — because he is unethically convinced people like me should not — I crossed the finish line, found validation in the smallest of victories, found outlet, found resolve, found facts… thanks to the community, thanks to the collective, the connection.