Why Concealing Information From Your Healthcare Providers Costs You More Than You Think


Many adults with mental health issues are unwilling to be honest about their actions, inactions, and past actions around health.  They have some good reasons, because as much as providers want to be a judgment-free zone, that doesn’t always happen.  Biases exist in healthcare.  The providers that admit this often try their best to be aware of their own biases and eradicate them.  It doesn’t always work.

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Why would you still want to be honest about what and who you are?

Because not doing so could endanger you or increase your pain and suffering.  Build assertiveness and health literacy skills so that you can address reactions that you get.  You have a right to be treated with respect and compassion.  You can find another provider.  But if you seek care while concealing facts about your health, you should be aware that you may be concealing essential information that could come back to harm you.

Something as simple as stating that you use nutritional supplements, had an eating disorder in college, or as important as your use of a controlled substance.  The wrong supplement taken with a medication for a serious condition could harm you as much as abusing a controlled substance.

This is not hyperbole.  Your next nap could be in the ICU.

Doing so will affect your future care, because when that action is on your record it will flag you as a patient that has endangered themselves and placed a provider at potential malpractice liability.  You have made yourself a big sign that could affect the willingness of providers to see you without this image on you.

Choose to be honest and assertive, and understand the full cost of concealing information.

Published by Cathy Collyer

I am a licensed occupational therapist, licensed massage therapist, and certified CBT-i sleep coach in private practice in the NYC area. I have over 25 years of professional experience in adult and pediatric treatment. It has been a joy to help people of all ages improve their ability to grow and thrive! Occupational therapists are focused on enhancing a client's functioning in everyday life. We are practical healthcare providers, interested in teaching, adapting actions and environments, and building a client's useful skills for living their best life, regardless of their challenges. I am the author of five books, including "Staying In The Room: Managing Medical And Dental Care When You Have DID" and "The Practical Guide To Toilet Training the Autistic Child". I lecture on many subjects, including sleep, trauma, and development. Contact me to learn more about how I can help you achieve YOUR goals!

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