Arlington, VA – Dr. Saul Levin, the newly appointed and openly gay head of the American Psychiatric Association has vowed to end psychiatry’s long standing “full of shit” stigma as one of his top priorities.
Long known as the only profession in the world that is completely “full of shit,” (the letters SHIT are emblazoned on the words psychiatry, psychiatrist and psychiatric) psychiatry has had an uphill image battle since before the days of Bedlam.
The “full of shit” stigma touches all 33,000 members of the APA directly and because of that, the profession has become the laughing stock of the medical profession. And according to many, the only reason they are still in existence at all is because of government support.
Levin intends to put an end to the “full of shit stigma” and relieve the APA’s membership of the “S word” once and for all. “Let’s face it, this stinks,” Levin said at a pre-inauguration interview. “It’s high time we removed S-H-I-T from psychiatry.”
“Personally, I’ve had it up to here with the barbs and insults.” I’ve been called everything from stinky shrink to shit bird. What were they thinking when they came up with the name psychiatry? My god! Were they so busy powdering their wigs that they couldn’t see the word S-H-I-T in there?” wondered Levin.
When asked how he intends to approach the situation Levin said, we’ve simply got to change our name and that’s all there is to it. We need something that defines who we are and what we do. Something that has a nice ring and doesn’t have the shit stigma attached to it. Maybe Pharmachiatry? We’ll have to appoint some committees and come up with something vibrant and fun.”
According to APA insiders, “We’ve got a big job ahead of us. Much needs to be done to break the shit stigma of psychiatry. We urge Dr. Levin to work closely with our community to help end the psychiatric “full of shit” stigma through greater public awareness and outreach as well as the recognition of the importance of funding to the mental health community. But mostly lots and lots of funding.”
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