Medical gaslighting: ‘No man would be asked if they suffer from panic attacks while having a heart attack’

Women are more likely to feel their symptoms are not being taken seriously by doctors. Why?

“Medical gaslighting” is a controversial term that has emerged to describe a phenomenon some people – women in particular – may recognise. It refers to a patient’s feeling that their symptoms are not taken seriously, or are being misdiagnosed by healthcare professionals.

Now researchers are interested in understanding why this is, and whether gender stereotyping might play a role. Are doctors more likely to attribute pain or exhaustion in women to non-physical causes such as stress?

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