Are You Afraid of Your Doctor or Therapist?
HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter
Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:
- Are You Afraid of Your Doctor or Therapist?
- Healing from Childhood Traumas in Midlife on HealthyPlace TV
- Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans
- Mental Health Experiences
- From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs
It seems many people are afraid of their doctors. Afterall, the doctor is an authoritarian figure. A recent study published in the May 2012 issue of Health Affairs reveals people don't want to appear as "difficult patients." Appearing stupid in front of the doctor is also another concern. Patients are also afraid that if they challenge the doctor, the doctor will enact some form of retribution. (See the discussion on being afraid of your doctor on our Google+ page.)
None of this is good because in dealing with a mental illness, you need to be educated and able to ask questions of your doctor or therapist. You also have the right to not only discuss the doctor's treatment recommendations, but you should feel free to say "this is not right for me. Here's what I'm thinking."
Talking to Your Doctor or Therapist
So how do you get to that point where you feel comfortable dealing with your doctor? Dr. Patricia Salber, author of "The Doctor Weighs In" blog, suggests
- you research your illness prior to your doctor visit via the internet, talking to other patients, even getting second opinions.
- then write down a list of questions or concerns, so you're prepared. Remember, the doctor's time is limited.
- if you feel the meeting is important, bring a friend or loved one who can advocate for you and/or take notes as needed.
I'm going to pass on a fourth suggestion offered up by our social media manager, Amanda Collins:
"I think the important thing is to change the way you look at your doctor. If you see your doctor as a god, then where does that put you? On the other hand, if you view him/her as a respected member of your treatment team and a person you pay for advice, then you have all the rights that go along with that."
- How to Talk to a Doctor About Your Mental Illness
- How to Talk to Your Doctor About Your Medications
- Questions for Your Psychiatrist, Doctor or Therapist
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Bipolar Disorder
- Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Depression
- Talking to Doctors (this is a table of contents for many excellent articles on dealing with your doctor. Click "newer posts" on the top or bottom right to move forward.)
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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:
- Things Verbal Abusers Say And Do | Verbal Abuse in Relationships
- Worst Things to Say to a Person With Bipolar Disorder
- Ways to Avoid Negative Coping Skills
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Your comments and observations are welcomed.
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- Damaging Myths in Mental Health (Surviving Mental Health Stigma Blog)
- Depression Poem for a Friend (Coping with Depression Blog)
- After the Diagnosis: Moving On With Life! (Recovering From Mental Illness Blog)
- Revisiting Grief: What Mental Illness Steals (Mental Illness in the Family Blog)
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Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.
This is one of our most popular tv show interviews. Growing up with an alcoholic father wasn't easy for Dan Hayes. The repercussions left him struggling in adulthood. What Dan didn't realize is that, for many years, he had been suffering from PTSD.
On this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show, Dan discusses what caused his trauma and the tough battle he underwent to recover his life.
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Staff, H. (2012, June 11). Are You Afraid of Your Doctor or Therapist?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2022, January 23 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/are-you-afraid-of-your-doctor-or-therapist