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A Psychologist's Thoughts on Clinical Practice, Behavior, and Life

The Police Officer, The Doctor, And The Annual Medical Exam

While apparently dissimilar, the work of the police officer and the doctor share an essential characteristic since both must wait for the undesired event to occur before intervening: the police officer for the crime and the doctor for the symptom, both of which may be long in development. No law or medical guideline allows personal rights to be violated regardless of potential benefit to society or the individual.
Following the medical model of treatment bars intervention until an illness is apparent, a corollary principle being that no illness should be ignored. To resolve this conflict demands an uncommon level of practice, the ability to note subtlety of words and tone and behavior within the framework of psychological knowledge.Thus does the ritualized annual health check-up have minimal effect on critical issues for it ignores the early stages of psychological stress from internalized childhood psychological development issues and family and work that can lead to organic illness. 

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