Mom has obsession with doctors. She constantly "must go see xyz doctor" for something or another. I can't tell you how many different doctors she has. She's so disappointed when doctor says to followup in 3 or 6 months. She finds reasons to go see a doctor, even of we just saw that doctor. It's been exhausting taking her to all these appointments. She's a hypochondriac too. She reads health news and reports from various newsletters. Whatever new illness there is, she thinks she has it, i.e., coronavirus or the latest dysfunctional disease. I took over scheduling everything for her because she was creating chaos in my household (Mom lives with us now). When I try to explain what the doctor told her was going on, i.e., coughing is due to a combination of less lung capacity, hietal a hernia and brain stem strokes, she refuses to accept it and wants me to take her back to the doctor or a different doctor. I've gotten where I just nod my head, but do nothing. I do monitor her vitals and work with the HH nurses to make sure she's ok.
I have her seeing a psychiatrist for depression and anxiety adjustment disorder (stroke related), but this obsession with doctors has been going on for decades. It occurred to me that she may see doctors as "parent" type primary caregivers since she contracted Polio at 18 mos old and spent about 3 years living in a hospital at such an early age. I don't sit in on the psych visits, but I can write notes to the doctor. I feel like I need to write the psych doctor about this obsession.