Published on Nov 22, 2017
Medically reviewed by Rebecca Ashkenazy, MD
Some children may not mind going to the doctor because they might enjoy being the centre of attention and there’s usually a little prize at the end of the visit. However, as we age, that experience changes. You get a little older and you may have awkward complaints to discuss. If your weight changes, you may find hopping on the scale in the office embarrassing. If your doctor changes, you may have to share very personal information with an entirely new person. You may also feel so anxious during doctor visits that your blood pressure and heart rate goes up. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as “white coat” syndrome.
Knowing what to do before and during your doctor visits can help you create a positive experience. It can help you establish and build a good relationship with your doctor, which can make the experience more comforting. Here are some tips to consider:
Rebecca Ashkenazy, MD is the Women’s and Men’s Health, US Medical Director, Pfizer Inc.
Last reviewed: 05/03/2020
- Reachout Australia
- Health Direct Questions to ask your doctor
- National Institutes of Health (NIH): Talking with Your Doctor