Doctors will sometimes say statements like these to their patients:

  1. Nothing is wrong
  2. It’s all in your head
  3. You’re overreacting
  4. It’s probably stress

They tend to say these things when their current testing methods do not find any abnormalities and they do not have concrete effective solutions.  The first 3 I find to be excuses and belittling of what their patient is going through.

Such is the case of someone who has been trained to avoid or cannot stand saying the words ‘I don’t know’ or be incorrect.

Such is also the case for a professional who can only share within certain boundaries of knowledge due to their standards of practice and governing board.  And instead of explaining that to you, they may decide to make you feel somewhat stupid instead of being upfront with you about their limitations.  Other times, they may not even know their own limitations.

Such is the case for professionals who feel like they have to always look good in front of their patients, and thus will go to the measure of ‘confidently’ belittling them to avoid displaying a lack of confidence.

The public needs to stop viewing physicians as gods or people who know 100% of everything.  Neither are true.  The fact that medicine is constantly evolving is evidence of this.

I mentioned that the first 3 are excuses.  The 4th statement, however, is partly probably likely.  But the issue is that a more detailed discussion, explanations or solutions may not actually be offered when this statement is made.  Furthermore, a physician only advising their patient to reduce stress – to the extent that the patient can do so in the current phase of life that they are in, which is also important to consider – does not always 100% resolve everything.

Stress can throw several bodily systems off balance.  Once that occurs, and depending on how long it has been this way, it can take a combination of strategies – including but not limited to stress reduction – to rebalance them.  Examples would be diet changes, using specific nutrients to promote proper flow of biochemical pathways, herbs to enhance organ function and hormone balance, etc.

But let’s discuss statement #2 for a moment.  This can be true sometimes, but the way it is phrased is insulting and not insightful.  Your mindset can play huge roles in your bodily health.  But there are also hormones like cortisol and neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine that can be off balance for genetic and familial environmental reasons, among others.  This can also play a role in how you interpret and deal with life.  Hormones and neurotransmitters can be tested and they can be modified through natural methods.

So when a doctor says to you, “It’s all in your head,” know that this answer means so much more, and I encourage you to seek more clear and detailed answers.

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