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OK, it wasn't an article, but a response to a reader's question, but that's not the issue. But as it seems as though your concerns relate to comments made three years ago, current readers may not be familiar with any issues here.
Actually, over the decades I've had many lovely experiences working with some very fine OT's, especially in hospital rather than private practice.
It seems that we actually agree on many points, as I expected, and I generally appreciate your summary of what good OT's do. Including a potential role in helping people with severe Bipolar Disorder. The original question seemed to imply a choice between a Psychologist and an OT in helping someone with major Bipolar Disorder. I'd hope that this would not be a choice a patient or family would have to make ( though I suppose it might occur in private practice ). Based on my experience I would prefer both, but if it were a forced choice, I'd rather choose an experienced psychologist, if we could not provide access to both.
Yes, the history of our fields of work has shown major change in the last few decades, and not only in OT. Social Workers used to be the Lady Almoner, with her main role being assumed to be the disbursement of charitable funds ( and the assumption that they would be ladies and not even occasionally gentlemen ) ; and not long back, Psychiatrists were called Alienists, as well as a much larger vocabulary of abusive terms !
All along, the best in each of these complimentary professions worked towards finding the essence of what they could most usefully contribute.
It sounds as though the patients lucky enough to have access to the services you describe are indeed fortunate. If only such services were available to all who might benefit from them.
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