Toronto Doctor for Someone Scared of Doctors
June 26, 2014 5:56 AM Subscribe
I’m looking for a General Practitioner in the Downtown/Western Toronto area who is both accepting new patients and sensitive to issues of medical anxiety. Much much more inside.
I have pretty severe medical anxiety that manifests as both hypochondria and fear of visiting doctors. It gets so bad that I have been medicated for it in the past. Right now, it’s in remission, but I have avoided seeing any doctors for the past two years and do not currently have a GP.
So, here’s where it gets really embarrassing. I was diagnosed with a pretty serious (potentially long-term life-threatening) medical condition two years ago and skipped all my follow-up appointments due to anxiety, instead just pretending that it didn’t exist. I have been fortunate that there have no obvious manifestations of it worsening, but I feel pretty stupid and would like to do those follow-ups now.
Also, I have no less than three troubling physical conditions/symptoms that have started recently that I’m pretty sure are unrelated to the aforementioned illness. I would be open to a doctor telling me that these are just manifestations of my anxiety, but would NOT be open to a doctor simply dismissing them as such. In fact, super helpfully, one of the manifestations of my hypochondria is a worry that I (and my doctor) will dismiss symptoms of something serious as being just an anxiety reaction.
So, I really need to find a GP who will help me get specialist referral for my known existing condition (and I will probably need new referrals probably because I got my original referral from an ER doctor) and who will also help me deal with my new concerns in a way sensitive to my anxiety issues. And of course, something like 95% of doctors in Toronto are not accepting new patients.
What would be even better would be if there was such a thing as a specialist GP for people with serious mental anxiety that I could get referred to, but I don’t think that exists.