Bad psychologist or is it me?
April 30, 2012 12:36 PM Subscribe
Did I get a bad psychologist or is there a valid reason for a chemical dependency evaluation?
posted by lpcxa0 to Human Relations (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Went to a psychologist for the first time in years today, namely because depression/suicide runs in my family and haven't had a through depression screening done in years. On the intake, I also listed goals of "help w/ life goals, alcohol abuse, and stress management skills". I've recently stopped drinking, and am doing fine by it but I'll also admit that I have problems with binge drinking. It's either sober or drunk to me, more sober then anything.
Anyway, so the psychologist starts the initial intake, does some further depression screening, states that I'm on the border for mild depression. Then says he will not help me unless I get a chemical dependency evaluation as that will clear all my problems right up. When I questioned him about the life goals, stress management skills, his response was cold and pretty much repeated that a chemical dependency test was needed. I never lied about drugs (occasional pot), or the amount I drink, so I really don't see what a chemical dependency eval will accomplish as I'm not hiding anything and have a good idea of my triggers. To me, it seemed like he was blowing me off since I don't have any quantifiable issues besides alcohol. I should also note that the entire visit took 28 minutes with 10 minutes of filling out forms.
Did I get a psychologist who really doesn't want to help, or is there some valid reason for a chemical dependency eval?