The Anxious Doctor

I wrote the majority of this blog a few months ago, and have only now built up the courage to release it. I figure that it’s all well and good for me to carry on week in, week out about de-stigmatising mental illness BUT if I choose not to publish this blog then I’m only perpetuating the problem.…

So You’ve Asked Dr Google…

When a consultation opens with a patient saying, “so I know I shouldn’t have but I went on Google and…” I very gently and subtly clutch the corner of my table. I wait for the ridiculous diagnosis (or list of diagnoses!) the machine has spat at you. You type in “cough, fever, nasal congestion and sore throat” and get…

Dear Wobbly Bits

A girlfriend recently commented that she envied my “body confidence” especially after having had a child. I was shocked. Me, body confident? Upon asking her how she had come to this conclusion she commented that through the Wholesome Doctor blogs and Instagram she had noted that I judged healthy on so many other things other…

The Mental Health of Sport

As Australia imploded when news of the ball tampering saga reached our shores I felt all the sadness, outrage and shock along with my fellow cricket enthusiasts. I watched the story unfold and grew increasingly concerned by the aggressive nature in which people were attacking their fallen heroes. I watched on social media as people…

Doctors, Magicians and Unicorns

The patient looks at me, desperate – “but what do you think it is Preeya?” Honestly, I have no idea – which is not what I say out loud to the patient who is getting increasingly anxious about the abdominal pain she has had for 3 days. “I know it’s nothing nasty – your appetite is normal, you…

The Bachelor Dissected

I recently caught up with some girlfriends for dinner and naturally the topic of conversation turned to the recent season of the Bachelor – of course we ruminated on the Honey Badger’s moustache and it’s practicality and whether or not the constant use of Australian colloquialisms would drive us mad (reassuringly I realised it wasn’t…
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