The woman shared her concerns online after reading notes from her GP which she considered “rude”.
In a post on the popular news portal Mumsnet, the user Ispy9 explained that a year ago she was suffering from anxiety and depression and visited her doctor for support.
During and immediately after the COVID outbreak, the number of adults with symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorder has increased in the United States over the past year. According to the CDC, the proportion of adults with recent symptoms increased from 36.4% to 41.5%, while the number of people reporting an unmet need for psychiatric care rose to 11.7%.
Explaining the situation, a woman from the UK wrote: “It doesn’t matter anymore because I’m in a much better place now than I was, but I’m still quite annoyed about it. A year ago I suffered a lot from anxiety and depression so I went and saw my GP. ”
The patient has downloaded the UK National Health Service (NHS) app which allows patients to access their medical records. But when a Mumsnet user started reading their own, she found something that upset her.
“I saw that during my mental health visit my GP wrote the following notes:“ Examination: he is awake, not taking care of himself.
After reading the notes, she asked, “Do I unreasonably think these comments in my file are quite rude?”
While the woman may have found the notes in her file rude, the links between self-care and depression are well documented. In fact, research shows that depression can make it difficult to maintain personal hygiene, such as leaving your hair unwashed, not brushing your teeth, washing your hands less often, having trouble showering, and wearing the same outfit for several days in a row.
Changes in self-care and a lack of motivation to perform normal self-care activities are formal symptoms of depression.
Scientists have long linked depression with dysfunction of the frontal lobes – the area of the brain responsible for executive functions that supports problem-solving, assessment and reasoning.
After user Mumsnet shared his feelings, others rushed to share their reactions in over 140 comments.
One of the responses was, “I think this is just an actual record of how you appeared?” while another wrote: “They were meant to reflect the way you presented yourself during the depression period and I assume they were factual, in this case rude but observational.
“This is just an actual observation, it’s understandable that you find it difficult reading,” said another Mumsnet user, “I’m not sure if a comment about the bra was called to your attention.”
“So many people are so ready to be offended by the facts. Being neglected is ONE of the classic symptoms of depression, it’s not a judgment if that’s a fact, ”said another commentator.
Newsweek was unable to verify the details of this case.