Patient bullies come in four types: the attorneys, the Ph.D.s, the drug seekers, and everyone else.
I am not saying that nice attorneys don’t exist. I just haven’t met many in the *real* world, outside of the blogosphere, and the ones I have met I am worried might be a figment of my imagination… (Stacy, if you are reading this, I am not talking about your husband here!) These people are particularly distressing because they know they can make your life miserable in a field that is outside of your comfort zone, a realm known only to the privileged few, and they are not afraid to use the threat.
Ph.D.s are interesting. The vast majority are super nice, but there is a subset who are super full of themselves and make it exceedingly difficult to like them. They would probably be unpleasant people no matter what their level of education or job field, but somehow that doctorate gives them some validation and BOOM! they know that they know everything and the rules of civility no longer apply to them. I have had enough bad experiences with this group that I cringe every time I get a new one as a patient. They particularly like female physicians, you see, because they perceive we are easier to intimidate.
Drug seekers are fun. Sometimes. Most think they are subtle and reasonable in their requests but addiction does things to your mind and to your perceptions and it makes good people do bad things. You can smell them a mile away, so to speak. I am usually more understanding of these folks as they really are not in their right mind.
Then there is everyone else.
For the next few days, I will tell you some stories…