Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Should patients be obsessive-compulsive ?

I am a firm believer in the importance of information therapy and I believe that patients should become experts in the treatment of their own illness. Health is too important to be left upto a doctor, and an active partnership is key to ensuring you get good medical care.

However, as with everything else, too much of a good thing can be bad ! Some patients become obsessive-compulsive - and often end up harming themselves. They often become too aggressive or demanding, as a result of which they damage their relationship with their doctor. Unhappy doctors are unlikely to provide a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on - which means that even if they get high quality medical care which is technically adequate, they often get little emotional support.

It's not a good idea to ruffle your doctor's feathers - and a high EQ ( emotional quotient) is as important as a high IQ ( intelligence quotient) when you are a patient.
As the Buddha said, The Middle Path is often the best !

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