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Doc sent traumatized girl to be cured by medium

Doc sent traumatized girl to be cured by medium

Published: 13 Sep 2012 17:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 13 Sep 2012 17:11 GMT+02:00

A doctor in central Sweden has come under fire for taking a child with an underlying trauma to a medium, in in an attempt to cure the girl via contact with one of the girl’s dead relatives.

“The doctor no longer works for us,” said Anita Ivarsson, head of the clinic, to the local Nerikes Allehanda newspaper.

The doctor, a specialist in child and youth psychiatry, was using the alternative therapy in an attempt to cure the young female patient of a previous trauma.

The specialist was based in Örebro in central Sweden and has since been reported to the National Board for Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen).

“I have reported the incident based on plausible suspicion. Now the case is with the health board. I have nothing more to say at this point,” Ivarsson told the paper.

The initial plan was to help the child with psychotherapy, but the doctor ended up seeking an alternative treatment, according to the complaint.

Instead, the doctor urged the girl and her family to consult a medium. He then insisted that the family keep the meeting secret from the other staff at the ward where the girl was being treated, wrote the paper.

The report claims that the specialist was responsible for many other instances of improper conduct during recent years, but that this was the first occasion that a patient was involved.

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10:42 September 14, 2012 by byke
Did the medium predict if this would help the child?
19:59 September 14, 2012 by tadchem
Perhaps the good doctor lost his Mojo, or his beads, rattles, and incense sticks.
18:09 September 24, 2012 by Ahria
I read once where a genuine hug is as healing as many antidepressants, but that drugs are prescribed in huge numbers as people want a quick fix, to feel something immediate is being done. In some instances, a placebo is effective as it is the attention as much as anything else that increases a feeling of well being.

I wonder if in this case, depending on cultural beliefs of the patient, if it might work if he or she believed it would work - which might be far more effective than dragging on care for months and as an alternative to drugs. There are so many different superstitions that apparently make many ill. The only way the people get better is if some hocus pocus assures them a hex is off them, etc. Maybe, in some instances, voodoo-ey type resolutions will have a beneficial effect - at least on the patient's mind - who knows . . .
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