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Doctor and Scars

by chelle428

Hey everyone, so this is something that has caused me a lot of stress and fear lately. I’m terrified to go to the doctor because I have horrible scars on my arm and hips. Doctors look you over and if for any reason I’d need to roll up my sleeve or they’d see my hips, they’d see my scars. Do you think they’d send me to a mental hospital if the saw them? I’ve been refusing to go to the doctor and it’s very difficult for me to tell a doctor about my depression as I once had a doctor who I went to get antidepressants and referred to a counselor and he was very cruel and mean about my depression and made me seem like a horrible person and he harshly grabbed my arm and tried to see my scars even though I asked him not to and said told him “No, don’t touch me.” Which in America is refusal for treatment and it’s illegal to try and treat a person who doesn’t consent. I was just wondering because if there’s ever anything wrong, and I have to go to the doctor every three month anyway if they saw my scars somehow would they send me to a mental hospital?


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snugbug 3/13/2016 - 3:17 am

No, they would not send you to a mental hospital. They may as you if you are actively suicidal and if you have a plan. If you have a plan, they will as I think? That is the law. But Wow, I am so sorry about your horrible experience with the Doctor. I wouldn’t want to go to a doctors office after that either! I had the same problem as you when I was younger about being concerned about how people would react to my arms at the doctors office or anywhere else. Can you go to another doctor? What I did was do a search on Doctor reviews to pick who had the best rating. You can also call ahead of time and ask to speak to the nurse and just let them know about your previous experience and your concerns and they will tell the doctor. I have done this with my Doctor as well as my therapist. It was difficult to even ask but it gave me such relieve and well worth advocating for myself. Hope you are able to have a better experience next time around

tiredthoughts 3/13/2016 - 3:18 am

I wish I had answer to help. I too would wonder that myself. If the scars are old. Maybe you could just be like these scars are old.. Same with talking about being depressed, Im afraid to say something because of getting tossed in

drowningforever 3/13/2016 - 10:26 am

With my experience they wont send you away without indication that you have a plan in place to take your life like then and there. Ive shown my doctor my scars and they generally dont make a big deal of it as long as im in a fairly calm state of mind at the time.

Hazy Day Sunflower 3/13/2016 - 10:29 am

You definitely had an asshole for a doctor. No you won’t be sent away because you have old scars. They only cart you away when you actively admit that you are a danger to yourself or someone else.

Drowning 3/13/2016 - 3:34 pm

Are they self harm scars ?

muspelhem 3/13/2016 - 5:26 pm

I would guess it depends on how you make your case.

Allow me to dispense some advice: learning to ask for what you need in no uncertain terms is a REALLY valuable life skill. I am still working on it myself.

But, it sounds like you need something. And you seem determined that it isn’t the mental hospital. So maybe it’s something else. So unless you prefer going it alone, figure out what it is, and then ask for help getting it, loud and clear.

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