Stranger Than Most

What NOT to Tell the Doctor

Everyone keeps saying we should do a better job of screening people for mental health issues, though no one really has a good solution for it. People who call therapists or show up at clinics have already identified themselves as someone with problems. But what do we do about the eccentric neighbor no one really talks to who is silently storing up guns and ammo and perfecting his manifesto?

There’s a lot of talk about PCPs (Personal Care Physicians) doing the screening when people show up in the office for something entirely unrelated. Problem with this is that most people don’t HAVE a PCP and those who do rarely visit him or her. A better place would be the ER, where the bulk of our population goes for routine health care. But then just how should it be done?

 

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