Saturday, March 9, 2013

Word of the Day

Grandiloquent Word of the Day: iatrophobia
An abnormal or irrational fear of doctors or going to the doctor.
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My counselor friend has several times dismissed doctors' amateur psychologist diagnoses by pointing out the diagnosis requires it to be an irrational fear, and what I had expressed concerns about was rooted in fact -- it's not irrational for someone who loses consciousness without warning to think she's taking her life in her hands to walk downstairs without a spotter or cross a busy high-speed street without someone to stop traffic for her.
So, for the three-quarters of CFS patients who've had bad interactions with doctors, is it really an "irrational fear" that going to the doctor will be another abusive situation?



There should be a word for: "warranted fear of irrational and abnormal doctors."


This is how I started my recent federal testimony:

"I dedicate this to the doctor, who 9 years ago, told me that I had an irrational fear of diseases. He told me that my symptoms were a figment of my imagination, and that I should stop writing letters, and stop fighting all together….because the world does not care. This one is for him...."