And the professional regulations at the levels of hospitals, clinics, physician associations, and state licensing boards may be overly rigid, guided by out-of-date theories like classical psychoanalysis, and focused on preventing worst-case scenarios rather than developing guidelines for more ordinary situations. We might approach it by first asking whether we wish to formulate a modern or postmodern response. Psychiatrists are scared to talk about the real nature of their relationships with patients for fear that they will be reported to authorities, have their jobs and licenses revoked, or face media scrutiny about questionable professional practice. One friend may develop a terminal illness while the other remains healthy, again setting up logistical and emotional factors that can make the friendship unequal at different times and in different ways. Ghabbour can apply for reinstatement in a year, which the committee said should give him an opportunity to show that he has learned how to prevent the same issues from arising again. Individuals with an incredibly broad range of emotional and interpersonal problems come to psychiatrists expecting rigorous diagnosis in accordance with current medical knowledge, support and empathic understanding, and the highest level of professionalism including respect, discretion, privacy, and confidentiality. Should a psychiatrist who began dating his patient shortly after they stopped seeing each other professionally be allowed to keep his licence?
In the Nicomachean EthicsAristotle grappled with what defines the essence of friendship and made some key points that remain relevant to the current debate in philosophy and psychiatry.
When Dating a Psychiatrist, Rules of the Couch Don't Apply
They are also strongly influenced by the work of more contemporary pragmatic philosophers and bioethicists, such as Christopher Tollefsen and Glenn McGee Working within this tension is one of the great challenges and thrills of modern psychiatric practice, and in my book Healing PsychiatryI delineated a pragmatic model for handling the tension between science and humanism. Clinical pragmatism demands that psychiatrists have the skill and flexibility to employ multiple explanatory concepts spanning the entire biopsychosocial spectrum in an interactive and collaborative process with patients, which under most circumstances can lead to open-ended but useful clinical explanations and treatment plans. And so what we are really dealing with is a frightening set of postmodern dynamics around our central question. The regulatory body says Ghabbour, 55, should have known how to manage the situation but instead chose to "pursue his own romantic needs.