I suffer from agoraphobia, social phobia, panic disorder, PTSD and OCD and there are days when I can't leave the house. And it affects say like my dentist appointments if I miss an appointment or don't give them enough notice they can cancel me as a patient. I understand their reasoning for dropping a patient because if they do it too often they lose money. But my question is because of my disability can they drop me as a patient? Let's look at it like this it's 10 minutes before I got to go to my dentist appointment I already have anxiety about it next thing I know I'm having a panic attack and I end up missing my appointment. And that happens often what can I do about that you are just have to take it and find another dentist and then that's going to cause a whole another set of anxiety or do I fight back legally? I'd rather not go the legal route if possible but I kind of feel like these places are painting a wide brush on people who miss appointments like there could be some Joe Schmo just overslept all the time and there's people with medical conditions like me.
What do I do about missed appointments because of my disability?
- 18 Apr 2018 by ChuckD1975
- 27 July 2018 (3 weeks ago)
- post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, disability, agoraphobia, disorder, phobia, dentist
I suffer from the same issues. My Doctor is kind enough to do phone appointments for the time being.
There are also, Doctors online who will chat through and app. Face to face either on you phone or computer. Like FaceTime... they are real doctors & therapists.
Just do your homework to know who you choose is legitimate. Unfortunately, not many take insurance.
I hope you can receive the help that you need.
I, too, go through this. Well, I should really say went. At this point, I'm totally housebound. I have managed to make my psychiatrist appointment, eventually, but usually after 3-4 cancellations. That's all though, and after this last one, I'm really not sure... irrelevant. So, anyway. I'm not really sure of any legal means available to you. But, would you really want a dentist who was only seeing you, begrudgingly, because of a court decision, prodding away in your mouth? What I used to do and worked in the area where I live is just be straight up honest and forthcoming before my first visit. I would explain, or have my husband explain my condition(s). Let them know what it's like. What happens. When it happens -we don't have 24+ hours advance notice to give them. What kind of warning we get. Let them know you will do everything in your power to make your appointments, but if things go astray, this is why and is this something that they could possibly work with you over. If they cannot, then you move on to someone else who can. No money, time or anxiety wasted on doctors that cannot help you. And then, when you do find the ones that will, something kind of interesting happens. The first thing I noticed was I was not quite as anxious as before. Because there wasn't as much pressure. I knew if I didn't make it, I wouldn't be "fired" as a patient. And then, I noticed I really felt like this doctor and office staff cared about my well-being. This also slightly reduced the anxiety. And you well know, no matter how slight, every reduction in anxiety counts. This helped me make many appointments I otherwise might not have made. You might want to give it a go with your current doctors or new doctors. Worst case, they all tell you they couldn't work around it, but then you'd know for sure, at least.
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