Stereotypes are dangerous things. When an illness or a patient is stereotyped, it can lead to a missed diagnosis by a doctor, poor treatment by other people, and a host of negative feelings and exacerbated symptoms for the sick person.
I'm taking on two stereotypes this week:
- That only old ladies get fibromyalgia,
- And that chronic fatigue syndrome is just for burned out yuppies.
Both of them, at their heart, are about who can, or can't, get these illnesses. You can get more information here:
Have you had to deal with these stereotypes? Which other ones have posed problems for you? Leave your comments below!