You don’t fol­low all of your doc­tor’s instructions (or any of them!).

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Why it’s key: If you say noth­ing, she’ll think her treat­ment isn’t work­ing and ratchet it up, lead­ing to pos­si­ble over­med­i­ca­tion or more ag­gres­sive tests. How to spit it out: Tell her why you’re not com­ply­ing – the meds cost too much, the ex­er­cises take too long – and ask if there’s an­other so­lu­tion. This moves the con­ver­sa­tion from con­fes­sion into prob­lem-solving, says Katz. Don’t worry that she’ll be hurt that you blew off her ad­vice – she’d rather know the truth.

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