Reasons To Break-Up…With Your Doctor

african doctor examining female patient( — The decision to break up with your doctor is not one to take lightly. Like any relationship, a doctor-patient relationship is a very personal one and it’s not easy to end one that has been long term, but no bad relationship is worth holding on to. If you have an “unhealthy” relationship with your doctor or are overall unsatisfied, it may be time to cut ties and move on to a new doctor. Here are 10 signs that it may be time to find a new doctor:

1. Your doctor doesn’t listen to you.
You speak and your doctor talks. Your doctor should not regularly interrupt you before you complete a thought. If your doctor seems to be doing everything but listening while you are talking chances are he’s not going to get the full picture of your symptoms or concerns.

2. Your doctor doesn’t believe you’re sick when you do.
Does your doctor often attribute your symptoms to stress, hormones, age or imagination? Do you leave far too many appointments questioning whether you’re a hypochrondriac? The fact is your doctor should always take your concerns seriously. If you ask for a test, within reason, you should get a test. If you have a chronic illness like fibromyalgia you need your doctor to take your illness seriously instead of dismissing it as a wastebasket diagnosis.