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Micha Hollis

Patient Hysteria

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Email: micha.hollis17@gmail.com

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About Micha's work

About Micha's work

My series “Patient Hysteria” depicts the discrimination and mental turmoil many patients go through while attempting to get a medical diagnosis; impacting their everyday lives when they are denied help and answers over and over again. I wanted to create a series grounded in personal experience, going through a similar situation last year, I tried to get help with consistent pain in my abdomen which turned out to be gallstones. I was repeatedly told I was too young, stressed or exaggerating my pain. This caused me a lot of distress as I wasn’t able to live life as usual yet everyone- especially the medical professionals were telling me my speculations were impossible or that there was nothing they could do. They thought I was fine; this all made me feel like I was crazy. Somehow making up my problems just to find after five months that my theory was correct. The relief of being treated felt miniscule in comparison to the pain and turmoil I went through during those five months.

Whether it’s age, gender, race, or class: medical discrimination is an issue all across the world, not just something I’ve been through. Though the focus of this series is on my experience; stories like mine are not rare. However, the attitudes of not just the medical field but also the public often stifle these experiences or reduce them to a pity ploy or worse nothing but a silly story to tell to your friends.

My series “Patient Hysteria” depicts the discrimination and mental turmoil many patients go through while attempting to get a medical diagnosis; impacting their everyday lives when they are denied help and answers over and over again. I wanted to create a series grounded in personal experience, going through a similar situation last year, I tried to get help with consistent pain in my abdomen which turned out to be gallstones. I was repeatedly told I was too young, stressed or exaggerating my pain. This caused me a lot of distress as I wasn’t able to live life as usual yet everyone- especially the medical professionals were telling me my speculations were impossible or that there was nothing they could do. They thought I was fine; this all made me feel like I was crazy. Somehow making up my problems just to find after five months that my theory was correct. The relief of being treated felt miniscule in comparison to the pain and turmoil I went through during those five months.

Whether it’s age, gender, race, or class: medical discrimination is an issue all across the world, not just something I’ve been through. Though the focus of this series is on my experience; stories like mine are not rare. However, the attitudes of not just the medical field but also the public often stifle these experiences or reduce them to a pity ploy or worse nothing but a silly story to tell to your friends.

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