Panic Attack in doctors office

How much more uncomfortable can this be? I'm sitting, waiting for my turn at the doctor and what happens, I get a full on panic attack; heart palpitations and shortness of breath. I have to be so discreet with the breathing thing because there are other patients right around me.

I am also working myself up heavily because the Receptionist and rest of the staff here are soooooo unfriendly. Never came across a bunch of people like this in my entire 40 years on this earth. To think, they work with people. Gosh, if I think what I must put up with, this certainly doesn't affect my behavior towards other people.

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  • If you have to deal with attacks that seems like a good place to have one Did u talk to your dr about it?? And you are not alone I fight an attack almost every time I go

  • You wonder how they get the job in the first place.

  • I was wondering that exactly.

    Not to be rude or judge but a little friendliness never killed anyone. Although there's a saying; kill them with kindness :)

  • Lifeisworthliving, there are some people not cut out in working with patients. It seems to be the norm nowadays. I experienced it myself recently. I am more critical of their need for compassion and comfort because I've been on the other side as well as being a patient. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of good medical personal out there, unfortunately it is the ones with the uncaring attitude that come through loud and clear.

  • If you're in the UK then I suggest you find out the GP practice manager's name and write and explain what recently happened and why it contributed to your symptoms.

    GP's in the UK get £150 a year per patient even if you don't see them. They're there to serve you not the other way around.

    If you don't like anything report the receptionist to the manager and report the practice to the CQC and don't be afraid either, tell your doctor about it too !!.

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