Why do we treat psychiatric illness different from other illness?

I recently had the opportunity to be the informal medical navigator for a friend with an acute psychiatric crisis. This previously “normal” friend lives alone, is a high-functioning professional and was unable to sleep, to eat, to finish a coherent thought or to carry on his business for several weeks.

I was called to help after an embarrassing public meltdown. The first problem was finding a doctor who would deal with …

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