Do you have “doctor phobia?”

 In Health Care, Personal Health Record, Preventative Care

Are you afraid of your doctor?

Are you one of those people who dreads coming face-to-face with your doctor? If so, the good news is that you’re not alone—you’re not even all that unusual. Many people feel nervous, impatient or scared while interacting with their doctor. The downside of this “phobia,” is that it can interfere with getting the best medical care.

Some patients are intimidated by their doctors.  If you are worried that you will ask a “dumb question” or give your doctor the impression that you are a “complainer,” that can get in the way of staying healthy.

It’s important to remember that while your doctor is a trained medical professional, he or she is a person with the same personal issues that you have. Like you, your doctor has worries, doesn’t always sleep soundly, suffers from stress and has the same basic needs as you do. They may suffer from the same illnesses and discomforts many of their patients go through.  Sometimes, just like you, doctors become patients.

It’s so important that you and your doctor understand each other when you are talking about something as serious as an illness or symptoms of a possible illness. Communication is key to your healthcare success. By being prepared, you can make the best of the limited time you have to talk to each other.

It’s your role to make sure your doctor understands your symptoms

If you are suffering from any discomfort, you need to be sure your doctor understands what you are feeling, in what part of the body you are feeling it and how often you feel it. If, instead of confronting your fear of doctors, you avoid the doctor or slough off your concerns, your health is at risk.

Be honest with your doctor

[arrow_list] [list_item]To get you the best care, your doctor should know all there is to know about you, your habits, past illnesses, and your family history.[/list_item] [list_item]Don’t be overly concerned that your doctor will judge you.  Remember that your conversations with your doctor are privileged and confidential.  Even more important, it’s highly unlikely that your personal choices are unique to you alone.[/list_item] [list_item]Be prepared – It’s a good idea to write down the issues you want to review with your dr before your visit.  Doing so will decrease the chance that you will forget to bring these concerns to your doctor’s attention.[/list_item] [/arrow_list]

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Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Founder & Patient Advocate at Amazing Healthcare Consultants
Twenty nine years as a physician have brought me great personal and professional satisfaction, but a new passion has driven me to change directions within the healthcare system. I'm acutely aware of the confusion and frustration that patients face as they navigate the healthcare "maze" and look forward to helping patients in many new ways as a private healthcare advocate.
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