Medical Gaslighting: How to Get the Care You Deserve in a System that Makes You Fight for Your Life (Paperback)

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Medical Gaslighting: How to Get the Care You Deserve in a System that Makes You Fight for Your Life (Paperback)

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Our healthcare system is broken. But it doesn’t have to break you.

This practical, realistic guide is designed to help women fight medical bias and neglect in order to get the care they need—and deserve.


For women, the possibility of experiencing medical gaslighting—having a health care provider dismiss or ignore their concerns without considering appropriate testing or creating a treatment plan—has always been a very real and present danger, with consequences ranging from self-doubt and emotional stress to delayed diagnosis and death. And being a woman of color, transgender, or disabled only compounds the risk.

Today, more women are aware of medical gaslighting than ever—but awareness isn’t enough. In Medical Gaslighting, you’ll equip yourself with the tools you need to be fully heard at every step of the process, including:

  • Mastering the ability to request, revise, and read your electronic medical records so you and your medical team are on the same page.
  • Responding effectively when you recognize the signs, language, and scenarios associated with medical gaslighting
  • Give yourself a fighting chance against common  medical bias by being mindful of  how you present yourself as a patient. 

With expert advice and stories from women across the medical spectrum who fought medical gaslighting and lived to tell their stories, patient advocate (and rare disease patient), Ilana Jacqueline provides a combat guide for increasing your confidence—and success—when advocating for your health.

You might have to get naked in the exam room, but you don’t have to walk in unarmed. Medical Gaslighting is your guide to taking control of your healthcare.
Ilana Jacqueline is a speaker, author, patient, and advocacy strategist whose journey to a rare disease diagnosis forced her to face a lifetime of medical gaslighting. While her personal experience as a patient has lent her compassion for what all women are subject to in the exam room, it is her experience as a patient advocate that opened her eyes to the reality that no matter how rare or common the condition may be, it often takes women longer to be heard by the medical community. She is the author of Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness and an educator for patients in all stages of their journey on how to have meaningful and collaborative conversations with their care teams. Her work across social media, particularly in the area of medical gaslighting, has helped to empower patients to be an active participant in their own care.
Product Details ISBN: 9781637745397
ISBN-10: 1637745397
Publisher: BenBella Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2024
Pages: 264
Language: English