Insightful piece by a GP, refusing to see overeating as simplistically a weight issue.
“I don’t think I can go ahead with this, I’m so sorry, after everything you’ve done for me doctor”
Trisha pulled some tissues out of the box I keep on my desk for soaking up my patients’ tears.
“I feel like I’ve let you down”
For the last few weeks her panic attacks had been disabling. In the middle of the night she would wake up, soaked in sweat, a lump in her throat, barely able to breathe, her heart pounding. The same symptoms overwhelmed her almost every time she went out and so her 12-year-old grand-daughter was having to collect her shopping or escort her to appointments. She sat in the waiting room while I handed tissues to Trisha.
I asked if she had ever felt like this before.
“Oh yes, a few times, the worst was when I had my teeth wired together”
Trisha had only been my…
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