I don’t understand these folks that claim to need doctors. Even people like me who have supposedly hopeless conditions (kidney disease) are better off without slavery to doctors. I try to challenge people on this: “Why do you need a PCP? Why do you need a specialist.”
Usually the answer is “because I need prescriptions.” But I ask myself if there’s something more to this. Often, along with this dependency comes a need for guidance, need for assurance, need for affirmation and advice, even need for appointments (especially if one is unemployed and “bored”) to fill the empty time.
What if you broke free from this and had all the time in the world? What would you do with the time (think up something productive, please!). Not only does doctor-dependency comes out of boredom from unemployment, but from loneliness also.
Imagine having actual friends who aren’t people you PAY to see. Imagine having a give-and-take that comes with real friendship. Imagine making your own decisions and not relying on advice-givers who don’t even give a shit about you (let’s face it).
It’s not so easy to break free of doctor-dependency and chronic advice-seeking. It’s as hard as leaving an abusive spouse or walking away from a religious cult. But leaving the cult of neediness is possible. Yes, you can!