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Trying to get GP to listen

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Cheeky_Chick, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    How do you get your GP to listen to the problems that you're having? Mine knows that I have been struggling with addiction for a long time, however she no longer seems to be interested, as I have been "signed off" so to speak. I still feel as though I need help, I cannot do it on my own. Is there any way that I can get myself back on her books so that I can get help with my anxiety and the other symptoms that I still struggle with?
  2. kassie1234

    kassie1234 Community Champion

    Honestly if my GP was that disinterested in my health and well being I would have to change doctors. I've had some fabulous doctors before, and I've also had pretty bad ones that just seemed to be interested in getting me in and out as fast as possible to see their next patient - I had times when I felt like I was being an inconvenience for being there!

    If you feel like you need help then you're doing a wonderful thing getting the help of a doctor - but you need that doctor to be on board with understanding and wanting to help. I feel like sometimes it's like finding the right relationship - you may have to meet a few until you find your perfect match.
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  3. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    I agree, why don't you change doctors instead? If your doctor doesn't seem concerned and is unhelpful, then I think that it's time to ditch that doctor. I'm pretty sure you will find a better one once you start looking.
  4. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    I totally agree with serenity. If your GP is not interested in your issues anymore and she doesn't look so concerned and alarmed about what's happening to you, then I guess it's the right time for you to look for a new one that would be really helpful to you. Anyway, in the mean time, you can visit this forum anytime you want and we would be happy to offer you words of advice and support. :)
  5. gracer

    gracer Community Champion

    The others are right @Cheeky_Chick. There are a lot of other doctors out there who would be more capable of helping you. It's better if you try looking for new ones rather than sticking with a doctor who doesn't seem to listen to his/her patient. I'm pretty sure you'll find a much better one soon. It would also be nice if you try asking some friends or family members who can refer you to a doctor they know of because sometimes referrals can gain great results because of the experience that the person referring has had with the doctor. I hope you find the right one for you soon. :)
  6. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I think a lot of people might have that problem, especially when it comes to drug addiction or mental health issues. GP's often just like to treat the everyday, run of the mill illnesses, where as dealing with an addiction can take up a lot of their time and I think they often see it as the job of a specialist.
  7. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    Your doctor should always be there for you when it comes to getting healthy. If the doctor is no longer listening to you or trying to help then I have to agree with the others. It is time to find a new doctor. I know when you had a doctor for a long time, it's not easy starting over with a new doctor but in your case it needs to be done. Another doctor will listen to you and help you in anyway they can. Your doctor should never turn their back on you. Good luck I hope you find a doctor soon who will heal you deal with your addiction and your health issues.
  8. sonia11

    sonia11 Senior Contributor

    I'm with all the other people telling you to change doctors. You shouldn't feel like you have to beg this person to give you medical care. Plenty of other doctors will feel like you're worth their time and be willing to help you.
  9. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    Change doctors. Now. End of discussion.
  10. deanokat

    deanokat Community Organizer Community Listener

    You may also want to consider seeing an addiction specialist. There are many doctors these days who specialize in addiction medicine. Obviously they wouldn't be your primary care doctor. But they could be a wonderful supplement.
  11. Shimus

    Shimus Community Champion

    Doctors are like anyone else - thousands of them in the world, all believing themselves to be right. Second opinions. Third opinions. Switching doctors entirely. There's many pursue-able paths.

    If they don't listen, find someone who will.
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