How to regain the trust of people who have been abused by the very people sworn to help them
For some reason, some physicians lose their ever-loving minds when faced with a patient who wants to know if they have chronic Lyme.
Have you heard the stories?
Yelled at, laughed at, cast aside, scorned, shunned, put down, referred for psych, and maybe the most painful, repeatedly ignored.
Medical PTSD is a condition that can occur after a person experiences a traumatic event in a healthcare setting. The trauma is most often emotional and/or psychological.
Symptoms of medical PTSD include re-experiencing the traumatic event through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of reminders of the event, and increased anxiety or emotional arousal.
Now imagine that person sitting in front of you so desperate for help that they are white-knuckling it through your initial evaluation.
How present do you think they are?
How open to your suggestions do you think they are?
How capable of healing is their body, mind, and spirit?
People with medical PTSD may also have difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating, and may feel detached or estranged from others. These symptoms can significantly impact their daily life and overall well-being.
It also impacts YOUR efficacy as a nurse coach.
It’s important for coaches and other practitioners to be aware of the possibility of medical PTSD and to screen for it in patients.
Identification can help prevent the condition from becoming chronic and can improve the chances of recovery from the medical PTSD and the underlying chronic Lyme.
Take control of your patients’ care and be part of the solution.
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