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 energythe local doc wonders why I dont see him anymore, and he was supposed to be a good doc
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.
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.