anxiety sufferers boring and lacking status

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   Posted 6/10/2007 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
we anxiety sufferers have a low status in the medical profession, most doctors are bored with us, some consider anxiety patients beneath their dignity and unworthy of their attention
a real problem is that anxiety complaints or problems can be so general that some docs automatically label every complaint from us an anxiety related one
there was one case of an anxiety sufferer with a broken pelvis that was finally correctly diagnosed after she had been admitted to a mental hospital due to her complaints
likewise talk type therapists are bored with us, our problems arent very interesting, we dont do anything outrageous or strange, I sincerely doubt whether some of them actually bother to listen to the words we say but just listen to the sound of  our  voice
I knew a woman hairdresser, most of her clients talked nonstop, she smiled and said, yes, yes, but admitted it all went in one ear and out the other.  I wonder if some talk therapists do the same
as I also suffer from depression, this gave my docs even more excuse to label all my complaints, including severe cronic fatigue, as anxiety or depression
thru my own efforts, I eventually found I had sleep apnea, and now use a CPAP machine every night, giving me much more energy
the local doc wonders why I dont see him anymore, and he was supposed to be a good doc eyes

recovered former longtime anxiety and panic attack sufferer and helper of other sufferers  but no training or  qualifications in medicine or psychology, any remarks that may be taken as advice must be confirmed with doctor or other health professional
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   Posted 6/10/2007 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Three cheers for you, Harry.

I have been brushed off so many times by my family practice physician as everything is your anxious or depressed.

If I said black, I swear he would say white.  This is the same Doc that overdosed me on Serzone and I ended up in the ER and being admitted to the hospital after my first dose.  He switched mg for mg with the med I had been taking and I have now learned "patient's rights".

I now make sure I have researched my meds and then make an informed decision whether I will take that med.

I am a strong believer in advocating for myself and family.

I quit my first therapist because all we did was have me set my goals for the next 2 weeks, i.e. I will get up in the morning.  I will take a walk............I felt belittled and I was paying money for this besides trying to think up  clever goals.


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   Posted 6/10/2007 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I totally, 100% agree!!
My doc wants me to go to talk therapy but I am reluctant because of past experiences.  It's hard to find a therapist that REALLY cares.   They might not even exist.  Even if they do, they rarely say things that are too impressive.  For instance, I had an appointment with a psychiatrist last Monday.  It turned out to be my last appointment because I decided I did not want to go on meds.  He was recommending a psychotherapist since I did not want to go the med route and he said that a "therapist will help me challenge my assumptions".  I swear that line was so cliche.  It came straight out of an article in WebMD magazine that I had read a few weeks ago on hypochondria! 
Medical doctors do dismiss many symptoms especially when they are vague and too general.  I have had this happen to me a number of times. 
Unfortunately, sometimes their dismissal of symptoms are deadly.  Okay this has nothing to do with anxiety.  However, my friend's friend went to the doctor about a lump in her neck.  The KAISER PERMANENTE doctor said it was an infection and sent her home with anitbiotics.  Well, the lump did not get better.  She went back a month later and it turned out to be a cancerous tumor that had started in her nose.  A month after that, she felt lower back pain and it turned out that the cancer had spread to her bones.  She died about 1 1/2 years later.  She was 38 and had two small daughters.

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   Posted 6/10/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I did talk therapy for a number of years and it did no good as to my anxiety problem! I went back into talk therapy early this year. It lasted like 2 sessions when I realized (again) that it was a waste of time for both of us-me and the therapist. All she knew to do was to point out a self-help book commonly used by them. I don't think she was real familiar with it herself. For me personally, I got more help from Dr. Claire Weeks books than all those years of therapy put together!
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   Posted 6/10/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I also left my old GP because he didn't know how to help me so instead told me I needed a babysitter for 3 months. While I wouldn't wish these illnesses on anyone I'm seriously tempted when it comes to some mental health staff. Just a few days in a full blown anxiety/ depression illness with no meds or no one to talk to and let's see how well they do just with positive thinking.

My current pdoc is really good, he makes me keep a journal and he does read it.

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