My favorites are always the readers- I do have a number of them in my practice. Harry Potter has passed, now- got into a long discussion with a 13 year old about the Dark Material's series of Phillip Pullman. He liked the movie, but preferred the book. Even my "non-reader" clientele, however, are fun to get to know. Babies who eat their books are also fun. Most of my patients over the past few days seemed relatively stable, which was nice to hear.
Many, however, were trying to access the system (none with any degree of success). One saw a neuropsychologist this week, which I see as a major accomplishment. The neuropsychologist, of course, told me that everything we thought that we knew about this child was wrong. And she had data with which to back it up. Can we really make this better? Others are calling, being but on waiting lists that subsequently are lost. One lad really does like his counsellor; he's making progress. And FST called me about a patient as well; they are (apporpriately concerned). All of them see the system as broken and are looking forward to the reforms promised under Rosie D and the Children's Mental Health Initiative.
More to follow.