Dr Cris here, with The Ask Dr Cris Show. Today’s question comes from Claire and she would like to know ‘how do I avoid the embarrassment that I feel towards going to a Doctor and how do avoid that barrier?’ It is such a good question and I do hear it in the consulting room that people feel embarrassed or ashamed or nervous about coming to see the Doctor. I guess keep in mind we are human too and no one is perfect. We are trained to deal with your health and often most of us, if not all of us, I hope I can speak for all of us, are altruistic so we are wanting to help you and we are wanting to help your health. We don’t go into medicine for any other reason other than to help people so keep that in mind when you come to see us. Also, keep in mind that we have seen your condition a thousand times and you are not unique, although of course you are as a person, but your condition is not unique and it is not something that we are going to look at and judge you for as it is something that we have seen many times before so we can help you from a position of experience and non-judgement as well. Also, thirdly keep in mind that the walls are confidential and everything that is said in a consulting room is never shared, we are bound by confidentiality codes and all of your information is kept private and confidential so it is a safe place to come and download. I have a lot of patients that I have a very personal practitioner/patient relationship with and many of them have become great people that I love to see and I am very happy to help them with any of their health complaints. So do find a GP that you feel comfortable with, a female GP if that is your preference or a male GP if that is your preference, and stick with them to build that relationship and start to develop that rapport so that you can tell them anything and any weird or wonderful symptom that comes up which is important obviously as we get older. I hope that overcomes a little bit of your fear and your anxiety around that Claire. Thank you so much for your question and if you have got any further questions please leave them below. I hope that you are loving The Ask Dr Cris Show and if you would like to see more of The Ask Dr Cris Show please press subscribe.
Holistic Medical Doctor, Author ‘Healthy Habits, 52 Ways to Better Health‘