A 33-year-old female asked:
do dr's really judge a patient from previous history? i had a suicide attempt in 2009 and feel like i am judged no matter where i go.
2 doctor answers
Dr. Robert Berkowitz answered
33 years experience Psychiatry
Judgment: Why "judge"? We don't view this from a moral perspective. We learn that many people suffer to the point of contemplating and attempting suicide. We see that as part of a condition we hope we can treat. It sounds like you feel criticized for it, but i think that is your self-criticism projected outward. I am encouraged by your self-criticism, because i believe you are less likely to try it again.
Answered on Oct 4, 2013
Dr. Sophie Duriez answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
Really sorry: U feel judged by drs no matter where u go. Should not be the case. While it is recognized that a history of suicidal attempt increases suicidal risk factor, it should b taken under consideration only 2 help u increase the quality of ur life while encouraging ur resilience strength. U r a survivor, as such u deserve respect & trust as u learned the "tough way" that life is a journey worth 2 live 4.
Answered on May 8, 2016
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