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Do you want to take part in a discussion on psychiatry?

Hi, my name is Zoe.

I work at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the organisation responsible for education and training in psychiatry.

One of my objectives is to better understand your experience with psychiatrists.

If you are in contact with a psychiatrist, or have been in contact with one in the past, I would love to hear from you. I'm organising a discussion with around 8 people on Thursday 15th March, 9.30-11am in Central London.

Breakfast and coffee will be available on the day and travel expenses can be reimbursed.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

Many thanks,



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  • JennysDadJennysDad Posts: 2,308Member Pioneering
    Hello Zoe
    Not impossible that I could contribute something, one way or another, but whilst I had quite long term contact with psychiatrists it was a very long time ago now. I'm afraid I have avoided your profession rather like the plague since moving on.
  • BarbiesnemesisBarbiesnemesis Posts: 86Member Pioneering
    Can I ask - what is the aim of the discussion? My overriding experience of psychiatrists is that they want you to talk but that they don't listen when you do. Ward rounds in psychiatric hospitals are the worst; the only person in the room that seems irrelevant in the process is me, the patient.
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  • maid08maid08 Posts: 307Member, Member - under moderation Pioneering
    truth bloody useless never listen and one i had had more issues than i did self cure thru helping worse was my treatmant
  • zoemulliezzoemulliez Posts: 4Member Listener

    Dear all,

    Many thanks for your responses and apologies for the delay in responding to you. I'm really sorry to hear some of you have had bad experiences with psychiatrists.

    Unfortunately, the discussion will be face-to-face only to allow everyone to feel comfortable speaking about their experiences. Everything that people say will remain strictly confidential. 

    The purpose of this discussion is to better understand people's thoughts and perceptions of intellectual disability psychiatry, in order to improve  care and the relationships between psychiatrists, patients and families.

  • BarbiesnemesisBarbiesnemesis Posts: 86Member Pioneering
    Dear Zoe, Thanks for explaining what the research is about. There are quite a few 'knock out' factors there - travelling is a huge one; speaking face to face "to allow everyone to feel comfortable speaking about their experiences" is another. I could go on and on and on... Perhaps including telephone or skype conversations could then include a broader demographic?

  • zoemulliezzoemulliez Posts: 4Member Listener
    Dear @Barbiesnemesis, thank you. What I meant is that I really want to create an atmosphere to allow people to speak freely about their experiences and to allow them to see the people they are talking to. However I may organise other events / skype conversations as you suggested in the future and I will let you know. Best wishes, Zoe
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