I have a name.

In life there will always be things that bother us.  For me one of my biggest pet peeves came when all of a sudden I went from being a psychiatrist to becoming a “behavioral health” provider.  I personally can’t stand it.  I feel like it lessens my training as a psychiatrist.  I am a psychiatrist not a behavioral health specialist.  I think what bothers me more is that we didn’t fight the name change of the field.   Did surgeons become cutting specialists???   I think I detest it so much because I know how hard I worked to become a psychiatrist.  Now to call me “a behavioral health specialist” takes away from the field of Psychiatry.  There is no such thing as a “behavioral health” residency.  Psychiatrists as a group should have said,”no” when it was implemented by hospital administrators.  I don’t know what drove the decision to change the name of the department.  I see it more in hospitals that don’t have Psychiatry residencies.  I think because all hospitals are required to meet every patient’s mental health needs they came up with a way to offer mental health services that was less stigmatized which gets me onto another topic for another day as to why we still make it a “bad thing” to seek out mental heath care.

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