I would like to read this entire thread because I'm sure what the OP had to say will resonate.
I skimmed the part about dry skin and hair loss. Have your thyroid checked. If the test comes back negative, ask about other tests and have yourself tested again. Dry skin, hair loss and depression are all symptoms of hypothyroidism.
I was just diagnosed with low thyroid. I've had some of the symptoms for years (depression and lack of energy, most notably). I've been tested before, but this is the first time the test has come back positive. It's likely my thyroid function has been low for quite some time and was not picked up by earlier tests.
Fire her and report her to the board. Unsolicited religious discussions are not professional.
DBT might help- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a form of CBT that is so effective they are using it on prisoners and with people who have stage 4 lung cancer and even borderlines who are the hardest of all to treat.
There are four phases to it and you learn to manipulated your own emotions instead of letting them manipulate you. Not a magic bullet but it does work better than anything else I have ever tried.
Personally, I think religion and medicine need to be kept separate, like church and state. If you spend the time trying to make your viewpoint made, you will not get good medical care.
I would ask the doctor to please stick to science and medicine. Tell her you are your own spiritual advisor.
Keep it professional in the doctor's office.
or get a new doctor, they are only educated in medicine, the rest they don't know a damned bit more than you.
So, I have been reading this thread, and this is a problem that I have come across as well. I have been very hard pressed to find a decent family physician that doesn't have some sort of christian slant. First, is this illegal? I was asked upon intake whether i had certian ethical or rleigious beliefs that could influence the treatment I were to receive. That seemed like a fair question to me, but in reality, is it? As a doctor, can you not give the correct treatment because your clinet wants to pray for the problem, or believes there isn't a problem? And second, when I said no, i have no religious beliefs, I am an atheist, I was asked Why? I was pretty shocked, as that is none of their business. Anyone else have this type of experience?
Wow, I would be shocked, too, being asked why. None of your damned business,eh.
It is such a tough situation, sometimes. I tend to get testy about stuff like that. The medicos go into defense mode, "this is a hostile patient" or similar nonsense. Then the patient has a new label, even if unwritten. I was a Physical Therapist, I have sat in on meetings and have observed these responses about my patients (not for religion but simply for being assertive). I have a disability and I have some knowledge, so I question a lot; oh the looks I do get. I wouldn't be surprised if they have me listed as "this one is a butthead.
Mostly, I believe you have to leave your attitude outside the door. Never take abuse, that is not my point. Know that you get judged whether it is right or not.
Ask questions, force them to respond with meaningful answers, but stay calm.
Sorry to have belabored the point but doctors have sooo much medical-legal power, you can get really screwed with one comment of "Patient was not cooperative" in your chart, especially in worker comp or auto injuries where the law may come into play.
Tolerate no bull shit. They are no better than anyone else, they merely have medical knowledge and power. Amen, he said to the choir.