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re: Doctor's Education
by Pam (no login)
For one thing, it depends on where you live and the level of medicine available. If you live in a small town, more than likely the chances of diagnosis are slim. I think medical school is so generic, so to speak, and much has to be covered. It's the specialties that doctors go into that goes much further. In all reality psychiatry is the best equipt to deal with narcolepsy, because it is actually in the brain. Most heads of sleep disorders in large hospitals, such as Mayo and Stanford, are in fact psychiatrists. Most sleep disorder labs are run by Pulmonologists, since the most common sleep disorder is sleep apnea. Some but not all neurologists deal with narcolepsy. I think if a hospital staff psychiatrist were available for referral from sleep labs for those who are diagnosed with narcolepsy, we may all get a better quality of care for our disorder. I also think that the view by some doctors is that this is not a terminal, nor life threatening disorder, which puts us down on the priority list too. They really don't understand the social ramifications of this disorder. I certainly hope that the future looks better for all of us.