Out of curiousity, when you go to a GP for a physical health problem, how often do they say it’s all in your head, or put it down to your mental health?
I’ve barely seen my GP due to his unfortunate habit of making me pull my sleeves up on every visit. I find it hugely embarrassing and demeaning. I don’t like my friends to see my scars, so why a stranger? (I also don’t really get the whole big deal about self harm, but that’s a tale for another post…)
I don’t tend to go to the doctor’s for physical health problems unless forced, such as last year when people around me were wondering if I had leukemia, because I was covered in huge bruises and could barely stay awake. He did a blood test and gave me a lecture on self harm. Annoyingly, it was the first time I’d done it in over a year, and I did it after the (understandably hugely upsetting) abortion. Still, it made a change from when I was getting lectures about my weight after I’d put on stones on medication. And nothing was up in the blood tests, so god knows, maybe I was just being beaten up by ants in my sleep.
I’m having a physical health problem now but I doubt I’ll go to the doctor unless it really begins to scupper me. My GP is okay, but probably somewhat too thorough when it comes to mental health. So he tends, in my case, to just put everything down to mental health. One day when I snuff of cancer I’ll laugh.
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