Twitter users are venting their frustrations with medical professionals who have ignored or gaslit them, sharing stories about their difficulties being taken seriously while trying to get a diagnosis for their illness or disability.

The #DoctorsAreDickheads hashtag was started by Kim Sauder – @crippledscholar on the platform – after witnessing an exchange between YouTuber Stevie Boebi and a doctor on Twitter, where the latter took umbrage with her stating “doctors are dickheads” while describing her experiences of being gaslit by medical professionals over the process of her trying to get her Ehlers-Danlos syndrome diagnosed.

The hashtag has also shown the struggles of women to be believed by medical professionals, who they feel do not take their problems seriously, sparking a complex and multi-faceted conversation on the #DoctorsAreDickheads hashtag.

Some were more critical of the hashtag, but many doctors tweeted to say that they felt it was an opportunity to listen to marginalised people and understand how better to help them.

Have you felt gaslit by medical professionals when trying to get a diagnosis, or even get help? Or are your experiences with doctors and GPs a positive one? Tweet us at @UniteMag or let us know your thoughts over at our Facebook.

 

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