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18 Apr 2006

Trusting a thief
Just a question. What is the correct protocol for a shrink to use when a patient lets him know he's gonna commit suicide? Should he intervene? Or does he use the info purely to update his own records?
And what if you suspect that he's actually actively working you towards suicide? Consiously. Like he has a bet to win? What should one do? Leave? Confront?
I'll be seeing his 'mate' soon. And suspect him to be the other half of the betting pair. Not that he does the neccesary either.
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01 Jan 0001

Any doctor, including a shrink, has a professional duty to try to prevent a person from harming themselves. If one of his patients informs him that they intend to commit suicide, they should both make a note of it AND intervene to be as helpful as possible in trying to prevent it. If the shrink considered that the threat was manipulative or not seriously meant, they might consider other ways of responding. It would requite aq peculiarly twisted shrink to actively try to "workl" anyone towards suicide. If that's something you suspect, you should discuss it with the shrink, and ask for an explanation of whatever it is that has given you this opinion ; and consider switching to a different shrink, for a second opinion on your problems and how best they could be managed. Not is "mate" if you feel this pair are working together.
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