Having an unsupportive doctor can cause a lot of problems. Many people I’ve followed for a prolonged period have shared with me how unhappy they are with their doctor. They could be unhappy with their naturopathic, western medicine, acupuncture, or whatever kind of doctor.
Most doctors are good people. They don’t set out to be unsupportive
Doctors are often very busy and stressed. Medicine has changed since I was a child. Sometimes it feels like a supermarket; it’s so fast-paced.
The days of a family doctor who knows many generations of a family has generally come and gone in big cities. But, you can still find lots of caring doctors.
Does your current doctor pull the wool over your eyes, bully you, or make you feel bad in any way. That is not what he or she should be doing.
I don’t like it when doctors disempower their patients. If your doctor makes you feel like a foo, incapable of making your own decisions, then you have an unsupportive doctor. You need to find a new doctor.
There are plenty of nice doctors out there, and you deserve to be heard.
You wouldn’t put up with being disrespected by an electrician or a plumber, right? Your health is well worth spending the time to find a doctor who will listen and work with you.
This is why many people come to naturopaths like me. Our profession takes the time to listen to people. We listen to things and take things seriously that often the medical profession disregard.
I don’t disregard anything a patient tells me.
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Some people may exaggerate a symptom up, or they may downplay a symptom. A good practitioner needs to be a psychologist to understand human nature, to work these kinds of things out,
How much time does your doctor spend with you? Five minutes? 10 minutes? That’s not good enough. That’s only enough time to say hello and goodbye.
It’s not uncommon for a conventional doctor to see 40 or 50 patients in a day. I’ve never seen any more than seven or eight patients per day in all my career.
I prefer not to take any more than two or max three new cases per day, and the rest of the day, see followup patients.
When you leave your practitioner’s office, you should feel inspired. You should feel confident.
You should feel happy and have some type of a plan in mind on which direction you’re going
I’ve always tried to make people feel good about themselves. It’s difficult sometimes when you work with mental health patients. But that’s the thing. When you leave your doctor’s office, you should feel good.
If you leave your doctor’s office feeling bad, it’s going to undermine your health and cause you more stress.
You need to have a positive relationship with the professional that’s going to help you through your health challenges.
Don’t give up. There are plenty of excellent doctors out there.