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Medical Gaslighting and How to Advocate for Yourself
Episode 3026th February 2024 • The Goode Health Podcast • Nicole Goode
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According to recent studies, 55% reported worsened symptoms after a doctor didn't respond to their concerns; with another 28% saying they experienced a health emergency because of it. Medical gaslighting is the practice in which medical professionals downplay or dismiss a patient's symptoms, which can lead to delayed diagnosis or worsening of health conditions. It's particularly prevalent in chronic illnesses, specifically autoimmune diseases.  

In this episode, Nicole discusses the concept of medical gaslighting and the importance of self-advocacy. Nicole explains the negative impacts of gaslighting on physical and mental health, as well as how patients can self advocate their symptoms to get their voice and concerns heard.

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  • [01:55] - Understanding medical gaslighting
  • [02:54] - Impact of medical gaslighting on patients
  • [07:15] - The importance of self advocacy
  • [11:20] - Nicole's top tips for improving your self advocacy skills


  • The common signs of medical gaslighting
  • The physical and mental health effects medical gaslighting can have on patients
  • What medical gaslighting can lead to, including medical avoidance and lack of trust in medical professionals
  • Nicole's top tips for advocating for yourself and your symptoms





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