Dr. Oz: Fear of the Doctor
Dr. Oz talked about fears on his show today. In one segment, he discussed fear of the doctor. Some of the people in his audience were so scared of seeing the doctor it had been years. For one woman, it had been 11 years.
Dr. Oz talked to Dr. Wanda Filer, who said a lot of people are afraid of seeing a physician because of what the doctor might tell them and of what kinds of questions might be asked. If they’ve had any traumatic events in the past, that might play a factor as well.
Dr. Oz said that when he was a kid, he hated shots, but everything else about his family doctor was friendly, and that’s one of the reasons he became a doctor.
Dr. Filer said that physicians are there to be your adviser, not to judge you.
Dr. Oz: Gather Your Family History
Dr. Filer said that it’s important to talk to your parents and your family about their health issues. The health of your parents, your siblings, and your children is the most directly impactful to you.
Dr. Oz: What Medications Are You Taking?
Next, when you see your doctor, make sure to know all the medications you’re taking. It’s not enough to know the size and color. Bring the bottles with you so you know the name and why you take it, even for supplements and over-the-counter medications.
Dr. Oz: Develop a Relationship With Your Family Doctor
It’s also really important to develop a relationship with your family doctor. Dr. Filer said that physicians have the opportunity to take care of the patient across a lifespan. In some cases, that can involve multiple generations. Sometimes, the family doctor knows you not only based on the diagnosis, but what you like and don’t like and what you do for a living.
As a patient, it’s good to develop a relationship with your physician to make it less scary and to build that trust.