I recently saw a patient that was in a local dental office seeking help.  She was very fearful and had avoided going to the dentist for weeks.  (frequently, a very fearful patient will wait more than 3 weeks).  She couldn't sleep and the pain was pushing her past her fear.  I talked to her.  Among other things, she said
"I'm so stupid for doing this."  That is such a sad thing to hear.  I know from experience that her past story probably includes a history of abuse as a child.  She now blames herself for the situation.  Every now and then a patient will share their story, usually with many tears.  These patients need to be heard and need compassion.  They need to know that it isn't their fault to have these feelings and someone will help them.  There are people they can trust.

--Dave
 


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