“Medical gaslighting” is a relatively new term that refers to situations where a patient’s medical concerns are dismissed by medical providers without the medical provider further investigating a patient’s complaint. Patients who have suffered from medical gaslighting have noted misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, and delayed treatment. In some cases, medical gaslighting can verge on medical malpractice. If you think you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice, a Boca Raton, Florida medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help.
Medical gaslighting can take many forms. A doctor might dismiss a legitimate complaint as “anxiety” or as a mental health issue. A doctor might focus on a patient’s current diagnosis, like say, obesity, rather than performing needed tests to eliminate other medical possibilities.
To make matters worse, the patients most at risk of suffering from medical gaslighting are women, people of color, and people in the LGBTQ community. Women may see their stomach or gastrointestinal complaints dismissed as PMS, and the New York Times reports that doctors, in their medical records, may dismiss people of color as noncompliant .
What are some signs of medical gaslighting?
- Your doctor doesn’t seem to listen to your concerns or seems to question your pain
- Your doctor doesn’t order medical tests or labs when you mention your complaints
- Your doctor tells you that your symptoms are due to “anxiety” or mental illness, but you aren’t being provided a referral for mental health care
- You are being told that symptoms are normal “for your age” or for a current medical diagnosis, but no steps are being taken to address your pain or complaint
What can you do if you think you’re facing medical gaslighting? If you’re facing medical gaslighting, it is important to note that a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis can cost you time, care, and even your life. It can be helpful to write down any changes you’ve noticed in your health and any questions you might have before your doctor’s appointment and ask your doctor what a typical follow-up for these kinds of complaints might be. Be sure to take notes. It can sometimes also be helpful to bring a trusted family member or friend to your doctor’s appointment, who can advocate and support you. And, if you think your doctor isn’t providing you the care you need, consider seeking a second opinion. Your life could depend upon it.
Finally, if you believe your medical diagnosis or care was delayed or that you were misdiagnosed due to medical gaslighting, you may have been a victim of medical malpractice. The Boca Raton, Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Bernstein Polsky work closely with individuals who have been hurt due to a doctor’s medical gaslighting.
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