A few weeks ago I posted here about a work situation where I was unexpectantly faced with a patient's records whose diagnosis was pedophelia. OUCH
Well today I had to meet one, take his vital signs, update his medical history, and discuss his medications. It was all very clinical, and I was okay, really.
Maybe I am a little more sympathetic to someone like this fellow, who is Bipolar and Schizophrenic. He doesn't look like the charming pedophile teacher, priest, uncle, coach, or neighbor. He looks like a typical crazy street person. Perhaps I can hold him less responsible for his actions than a "normal pedophile".
But I know, normal pedophile or not, there were children hurt by this man. I cannot bring myself to be friendly to him. But at least I'm not having a panic attack, thats progress.
"But now old friends are acting strange,
they shake their heads, they say I've changed.
Something's lost but something's gained in living every day
....it's life's illusions I recall, I really don't know life at all. "Joni Mitchell