So as psych nurses we're painfully aware of the stigma that is still alive and unwell within psychiatry from the general public towards the patient, the patient with X Dx towards the patient with Y Dx, the patient's family towards the patient, the non psych nurse (and sometimes even the psych nurse) towards the patient, the non-psych nurse towards the psych nurse, the insurance company towards psychiatry, and even the medical community in general towards psychiatry.
Well this weekend while with some in-laws I experienced one that I'm guessing many of us have experienced, but it never really occurred to me until I was analyzing the encounter while driving home from this outing.
So there is a serious history of substance abuse with this family (vast majority EtOH). Well last night while one in-law was on a drunken rant he became particularly agitated with me and amongst other things he made the statement: "I see you over there analyzing me". So the truth is that there wasn't much to analyze and I was feeling particulary uncomfortable in this setting because I knew the conversation he was having with others (I was mostly a bystander) was not going well. So why feel threatened about me "analyzing him" (which, I wasn't doing); like anything I "uncover" during my in depth analysis will impact his addictive behavior in a way they would rather not experience.
So the moral of the story is that in addition to dreaming of the day when none of the other stigmas mentioned above exist, I now look forward to the day when a family member looks at their FNP/CRNA/WHNP/etc. loved one and says "I see you over there analyzing my physical health."
Give me a break people; it really does not require that much effort (i.e., analysis) to realize you're miserable. So go hate your life on your own time; I have my own troubles.