These were just some of the barriers I had to contend with when seeing a former psychiatrist. He was an older man in his sixties who was from India.
I was a 20-something girl from America.
In the end, the divide was just too big.
I really noticed communication problems with him. We just didn’t have the
same reference points. We didn’t share the same native language.
Now, I’m seeing a young, 50-ish, American man.
And I’m now a late 40-ish, American woman.
The great divide has lessened.
If you’re having difficulty communicating and relating to your psychiatrist, perhaps you need to see a doctor more like yourself in age, sex or nationality. Perhaps even in sexual preference.
My doctor and I are both heterosexual, so we see eye to eye on this.
You may even want to have a doctor who has the same religious beliefs that you have. There are a lot of Christian psychiatrists out there.
Communication between doctor and patient is a very important thing.
If you find yourself struggling to bridge the gap, look for another doctor.
And I’m so glad.