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Dear Poll: Do You Lie to Your Doctor?

Tara Parker-Pope brought up an interesting subject on her Well blog: lying to your therapist. Sure, there are many topics that can be embarrassing or uncomfortable to talk about, especially when it comes to your body or your innermost thoughts and secrets, but in order to get the correct advice, we need to give all the facts.

I can’t help but wonder what the point of talking to a therapist or doctor is if you’re just going to lie to them. I'm always honest because I just assume that they've heard worse, but what about you? Have you ever lied to your therapist or doctor?


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nickle91806 nickle91806 9 years
I agree with comment #19, I'd trust my life with my therapist. Everything I'm feeling, have done, have happened, EVERYTHING. She knows more about me and how to help me than anybody. She has advice and techniques to help me move on.
samischo samischo 9 years
I've only lied to my doctor when I was under 18 and he asked me if I drank or did drugs. I was afraid he would tell my parents if he knew the truth haha. I've had the same doctor my whole life, and my whole family is actually very close to him, so if he had concerns I would think he would tell them. But that was stupid stuff, not really health related.
alltherage alltherage 9 years
no -- not only does it defeat the purpose --- but its a waste of money! besides they arent judging u that's the whole point -- a noninvolved individual helping you
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
ah no! Whats the point in going? I dont care of the question, if the answer is going to help you help me then ima answer truthfully.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Whatever i fibbed about, i then told the truth about. But it was only one thing and it then explained a bit more about me.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Why would you pay money and waste your time if you're just going to lie. It's pointless. If your doctor makes you feel like you have to lie you need to find someone you're more comfortable with.
nickle91806 nickle91806 9 years
I more recently started going to a therapist, and I love her and I love going. I have told her everything, I told her about a very serious incident that I kept inside for 5 years, about my period, sex life, EVERYTHING! Honestly, why go to a therapist if your just going to lie.
Marci Marci 9 years
When I was really young, I would sometimes omit information with my doctor out of sheer embarrassment, but not now. That's the person I'll need to trust my life with, should the situation arise. The more they know the better!
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
I said other because I have in the past lied to a doctor, but I don't usually do it. I've been seeing the same doctor for a while and I also babysit her son so I just don't reveal EVERYTHING. It's not like it's a big deal. But for example she asked me how many sexual partners I've had and I felt awkward answering her so I said a lower number than my actual number! I also had a therapist who I did not connect with at all so I would leave out information. But now I have one I like so I tell everything!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Just a little bit... personal stuff remains personal. And yes, of course I give myself a bloody breast exam. Yeah, right.
Not-So-Crazy Not-So-Crazy 9 years
I dont need a therapist and i think too many people in the US have one! Your not crazy, if you have problems deal with it and move on...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I was in therapy with the same guy from the age of 12-25, and i used to get annoyed sometimes, so i would make up all these sexual dreams and see what he "thought" about them. I am talking dreams with beehive hairdos, tornados, snakes and giant caverns.
aeschere aeschere 9 years
to the best of THEIR ability haha**
aeschere aeschere 9 years
no i don't. how could i expect them to help me to the best of my ability if they don't know everything they need to know? if i have the money to spend to go to the doctor, i'm not going to waste it!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
Nah, I don't. What's the point? I agree with the others to say it defeats the purpose. And in re: to comment #2, you really don't think it's important if a doctor asks you if you're having protected sex? I would think that would be really important, otherwise they probably wouldn't be asking!
emalove emalove 9 years
This seems absurd to me! Why would you lie to your doctor?!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never doesn't that defeat the purpose??
ayanaphil ayanaphil 9 years
If I'm going to tell the truth to anyone, it's going to be the doctor.
julieulie julieulie 9 years
I tend to lie about how I'm feeling, but never about symptoms. When I went through chemotherapy my doctor raved and raved about how well I was handling it (emotionally... physically I was a disaster) and how I never complained, etc. Truth was, I was scared and drained and exhausted, but I didn't want to admit that to my doctor, because tell him that would mean admitting it to myself. Oh, and then there's the twice yearly "Of COURSE I floss twice a day, EVERY SINGLE day" statement to my dentist..
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
yea i dont full out lie to her.. but i mean i might miss something thing.. like do you take this every single day or something like that .. n maybe i missed one day by accident.. i just say yes everyday haha... but your right if your going to lie you mid as well be your own doctor! haha
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
If you're going to lie to your doctor you may as well just diagnose yourself on
SummerFlirts SummerFlirts 9 years
I have a little bit. Like when I go there, I tell them everything that's wrong and for some reason I start to exaggerate on the subject.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Whats the point of lying to him? You mid as well be honest- they are there to help you. And yes, they have prob heard the worst!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Sometimes...when it's super personal realted. There are some thigns in my life ONLY I know about.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
No for the MOST part!! haha i mean if its something that not EXTREAMLY important like have you always used a condom every single time you i have slept with my partner.. i might lie about that haha.. but everything else i just tell the truth... how else are they suppose to help you
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