This is Care Opinion [siteRegion]. Did you want Care Opinion [usersRegionBasedOnIP]?

"I have long term depression but my GP seems preoccupied with my weight."

About: GPs in the Adelaide Electoral District

(as the patient),

Two years ago I changed GPs from one I thought wasn't pushing hard enough on my depression to another a friend recommended. I'm finding this new GP will do things if I ask her directly, but her main pre occupation seems to be getting me to have blood tests & reduce my weight!

She seems obsessed with heart health, despite the fact that I have long term depression that's difficult to keep controlled and life-long asthma [that I've learned to manage myself]. My blood pressure has been a bit high for years and recently I've started medication, my weight is at the upper end of normal range & never fluctuates & my cholesterol levels have always been good. Yet the GP is always suggesting I lose weight & now when I have just started on thyroid meds for Hashimoto's disease, she mysteriously suggested that perhaps I might like the tabs too much. I've since discovered that thyroid pills are sometimes abused by people who want to lose weight- but it would not have occurred to me.

I think my GP is obsessed with her own weight so that she seems to be missing aspects of my health that are not related to weight. I don't want to change GPs again but she's annoying me! I've told her I'm not worried about my weight at present & that I exercise regularly but not always for 20mins/day as recommended.

Do you have a similar story to tell? Tell your story & make a difference ››
Next Response j
Previous Response k