Yesterday I had a conversation with someone at work who happens to go to the same psychiatrist I do, which is something of a coincidence since she works in a huge city at an enormous teaching hospital. However, she also has a reputation for helping the people who are hardest to treat, so I guess finding her isn't so hard.
Anyway, she was somewhat shocked that I call this doctor by her first name. I have for a very long time and nobody seems to think much of it. She certainly doesn't. I don't know how or why I call her "Sandy" but it seems more in line with the relationship. I have to literally trust her with my life; formality seems a little odd in that case. She is someone I see every 3-4 weeks and this is the way it has been for 4 years and will continue to be for a very long time. I spend a lot of time with her, not just the quick 15 minutes of a regular doctor's appointment.
The whole conversation yesterday was odd; any time I have talked to this woman it has felt like she had some "worse competition" going, and now it was the "I need Sandy more" competition. It bothered me.
But anyway, am I totally odd? What do others call their psychiatrists?