Why Do People Avoid Going to the Doctor?

Whether you are the type of person who is casual about their health or the type who is hyper vigilant, the vast majority of us see our general practitioner at least once a year for a physical. Sometimes we have to go more often than that because of an illness or unexplained health condition. However, you will occasionally run into people who brag about the fact that they never go to their doctor. Sometimes there is a legit reason for that; there are people who rarely ever get sick. But there are also others who do not go simply because they do not want to or they are afraid to. Here are some reasons why some folks do not go to the doctor:

Cost

Depending on which area where you live, and whether your job offers health insurance, you may have to pay out-of-pocket for a visit to the doctor. As sad as it sounds, and as important as a person’s health is, some people just do not have the money to spare for even one appointment.

Fear

Even if they can afford the appointment, some people fear that seeing the doctor will reveal they have a significant health problem. Some people would rather just not know, even though early detection of some problems can solve them. Of the two sexes, men are less likely to go to the doctor, even though they are historically known to be the braver gender. Also, people with vices that tend to cause health issues, such as smoking and alcoholism, are less likely to see a physician.

A different relationship with physicians

In years past, many people had a family doctor that they went to for generations. That sort of relationship is rare nowadays, and as a result, the same level of trust is no longer there.

 

Do You Have Anxiety Problems?

Anxiety is a normal part of life and tends to pass without causing many difficulties. However, for some people, anxiety can create major issues that lower their quality of life. This problem can be so severe that it causes them great mental and physical strain that can lead to breakdowns and sometimes even suicide.

Here are some things that you can try if you are dealing with anxiety problems. However, first and foremost, consider seeing a therapist. They will speak with you about the problems you are experiencing and come up with ways that can specifically address this situation. Professionals are also in a position to determine whether medication might be a good fit for you.

Exercise

We all know how important exercise is when it comes to our physical health, but did you know that physical activity is also a good way to boost your mental health? Exercise creates endorphins, which act as “feel-good” chemicals for your brain, giving you a natural high and improving your mood. This helps to take your mind off of whatever is making you anxious.

Cut back on your alcohol consumption

Alcohol may seem to calm you down in the present moment, but it acts as a depressant so the relief you get is not good for you and does not last very long. In fact, for some people, alcohol can actually heighten anxiety.

Avoid caffeine

Caffeine may help to get your brain going in the morning, but in doing so, it also heightens your anxiety. Try to get a good night’s sleep and find other ways to increase your mental alertness that do not involve caffeine consumption.

Avoid people and situations that make you anxious

As the title of this section says, prevention is sometimes the best cure. While not always possible, avoiding the triggers that boost your anxiety can make a major positive difference.