About this video —
We talk to Dr Johannes Driessen about how – as a doctor and trainee GP – how he was prepared for treating patients with suspected chronic conditions, hidden illnesses, and medically unexplainable symptoms. He also talks about some of the experiences he’s had with patients with PTSD and Chronic Pain.
Excerpt from this video —
“We’ve kind of we’ve talked in the past about how you know because I’m in training because I’m moving through different specialities at the moment, it’s not a type of patient that I work with regularly at the moment. But certainly, in the past, I’ve worked with patients who have yet one of a variety of complex medical conditions. Some people have certainly come in and told me for example that they have post-traumatic stress disorder when they haven’t kind of been assigned that diagnosis by a medical professional. They’re kind of confident that that’s the situation they’re in and similarly when I worked as a foundation doctor elsewhere there was a fairly substantial group of young women who had kind of chronic abdominal pain that would come into the physiological ward for diagnostic management of their conditions. So it’s something I have come across.
I think for a lot of doctors it’s something that we kind of experience to some extent and I think when I’m working full time as a GP it’s something that I will experience a lot more, but each of those cases is really different and unique because everyone is different. There are similarities between the cases and I think one of the main similarities is that quite often you get this adversarial relationship between patients and doctors and that happens for a lot of reasons. ”
Where to watch the rest of this interview —
This is a short section of a full interview we filmed with Dr Johannes Driessen about his training and real-world experience of working with patients with hard to diagnose conditions, chronic conditions, and hidden illnesses.
This interview includes his thoughts on:
– How to approach your GP to help to obtain a diagnosis
– Improving the relationship between patients and GPs
– Methods for managing the process of seeking a diagnosis or treatment
– Some of the limitations of seeking a specific treatment or diagnosis
– The evolving nature of how Doctors are approaching chronic conditions
– The mind-body connection and it’s importance in understanding hidden illnesses
– The positives and negatives of changing GPs
– The value of alternative treatments and placebos for treating medical conditions
Dr Johannes has studied at King’s College London, Plymouth University, The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), and is currently in his fourth year as a GP trainee in South London. He also hosts a podcast for trainee GPs at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).
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