"I felt belittled"
About: Glasgow Royal Infirmary / Dermatology Glasgow Royal Infirmary Dermatology G4 0SF
Posted by Chewie (as ),
My psoriasis had flared up quite badly recently so I was looking forward to getting to speak to a dermatologist, rather than a GP.
From the start of the appointment, I didn't feel listened to, continuously cut me off, and didn't ask me much about what prompted me to be there. I had to force the things I was concerned about into the conversation they were repeatedly dismissed.
I was told I’d get light therapy without explaining to me it was a 2/3 day a week commitment for 9 weeks, and there seemed to be an expectation that I was free all the time.
When it came to being asked if I was on any other medication, I informed that I was on an antidepressant to help with my anxiety, to which the reply was that I should use mindfulness exercises and that I "don’t need to be on them” and shook their head about it. A couple minutes later, it was suggested that I should get off them as soon as possible. There was no dermatology-related reasoning for this. I felt that this was rude and hurtful.
I didn't defend it and just said what I had to till I could leave.