Mental health: No quick fix

My story

There is no quick fix, when it comes to mental health.

My doctor referred me to an endocrinologist. An endocrinologist is a doctor who specialises in medical problems related to hormones. I was suffering from an eating disorder and my doctor wanted to rule out any physical issues my illness may have been causing me.

During the appointment with the endocrinologist, I mentioned that I struggled to take care of my physical health. My poor mental health made it difficult for me to form good habits. I wasn’t eating and I wasn’t taking my medications correctly. In offering a solution, the endocrinologist simply asked if I had tried ‘going on a walk.’  This comment made me feel undermined.

What do I want health care professionals to learn from my experience?

There is no quick fix for mental health issues. Some may think psychological health is not as important as physical health and visible symptoms, but I’m afraid that’s not right. Mental health should not be overlooked and undermined with simple, quick fix solutions. Not every patient is exaggerating or being dramatic about their mental health.

What do I want other patients to learn from my experience?

Don’t let a healthcare professional’s scepticism make you doubt yourself or your symptoms. Although doctors have more healthcare knowledge, they are still human beings and can have personal biases in certain situations.

Related stories

Abi has previously shared her experience of having an eating disorder https://healthcarecommunicationmatters.co.uk/patient-story/anorexia/

Helpful contacts

There are a number of organisations who you can turn to if you need support or advice in relation to your emotional wellbeing.  Here are just a couple of charities you can access:

https://www.mind.org.uk/

https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/about-beat/

Please note, we have no affiliation with these charities.

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