Screening Patients, Part 2: Personality Disorders

This is the second installment in a post series about screening potential new patients and the importance thereof.

As I stated in the first post of this series (but it’s an important enough statement that it bears repeating here), this isn’t meant to be judgmental, elitist, or exclusionary in any way.  What follows is strictly my personal opinion, which is an amalgam of my own clinical experience and my interpretation/opinions formed about the experiences of other doctors.  Nothing more, nothing less.

So if I’m not trying to pass judgment, cultivate elitism, or exclude anyone from getting care, what’s the point of this post series?  What’s the point of screening patients for various issues in the first place?  Why bother; why even consider it?

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They Will Always Remember How You Made Them Feel

When I was little, my father, a business owner, told me something that I never forgot:

“People will not always remember what you said, what you did, what you looked like, or what you cost…but they will always remember how you made them feel.”

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For Docs: How do you “do” Functional Medicine?

OK, Functional Medicine colleagues (especially those who are fairly new to the game)…. this one’s for you.

I know it’s been a while since I’ve written anything new, but I promise that I haven’t abandoned this blog.  Life has just been very busy over the past few months and Ferris Bueller is right: it does move pretty fast.

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Our experience with Maximized Living – from a student’s perspective

In the last post, I shared a Maximized Living experience from a friend and fellow healthcare practitioner.  (She’s not a DC herself.)  As her story unfolded, she described a franchise with extremist views and outlandish claims.  Apparently, things haven’t changed much…

Here’s our personal story of our own brush with this outfit from years ago:

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Maximized Living cult/scam? The view from a patient’s perspective

A friend and fellow healthcare practitioner walked in to the office this week to get adjusted, and asked us if we knew Dr. [First name] [Last name], who opened up a Maximized Living practice in a nearby neighborhood.  We mentioned that we vaguely knew him, and our neighbor said she had gone to their clinic to see what they were like so that she would know which of her clientele to refer to them.  She shared her experience with us.

She was not impressed.

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Horror Stories: Don’t Be That Guy

Chiropractic is a phenomenal healing science.  It’s also an art.  (Repeat after me: it’s a science first; art and philosophy tie for distant second.  But I digress.)

I know there are a bunch of disillusioned naysayers who failed in practice (most likely because they also fail in personality and possibly other attributes as well).  They’ve even set up their own little boys’ club-like internet discussion forums devoted solely to sitting around blaming chiropractic itself for the doctors’ inability to succeed.  Rest assured that as critical as I am of certain practitioners and philosophies, I’m not one of those people.

However, sometimes this Eeyore camp raises some damn good points.

And sometimes, these points are thorns in the chirovangelist’s ribs.

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Why Chiropractic Needs Abraham Flexner

Some of you already know where I’m going with this.  Half are starting to clap, while the other half is drawing up “Wanted: Dead or Alive” posters.

Others of you don’t yet know who I’m talking about.  That’s okay.  I’ll explain.

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