4 tricks to being more candid
Remember, doctors aren’t saints. ‘We all have human frailties,’ says Moore. ‘Plus, it’s pretty unlikely that you’ll come up with something your doctor has never heard before.’
‘Confess’ with a question. As in, ‘Did I ever tell you my bladder leaks when I do aerobics?’ or ‘I do have an occasional cigarette when I’m out with friends – is that relevant?’
Write down what you want to tell her. ‘When you go to the doctor, read it aloud – this allows you to avoid eye contact,’ Moore says. Or, simply hand your note to the doctor.
Express your fear of being judged. Say, ‘I want to be able to tell you the truth and not feel bad about it,’ says Katz, then say what you need to. If you do feel judged, consider switching GPs.