Did you know – doctors aren’t just about helping you when you’re sick, they are also there to give lifestyle advice when you need it most? Here we answer the question “what can I talk to my doctor about”.
There are many aspects of a person’s life that can cause anguish, confusion, grief or an array of emotions; not to mention cause our health to diminish, and if you’re finding it hard to talk to your loved ones about it – you can go to your doctor instead.
Things You Can Discuss With Your Doctor
Doctors are trained to deal with a vast array of psychological and physical issues, from depression and anxiety to homosexuality and diet.
The more open you are with your doctor, the more likely you will be able to get the help you need to cope with various situations life throws at you.
It might be that you’re simply about to travel overseas and need advice on what vaccinations you need to get before you go; or you may have been noticing changes in your body lately and you’re not sure how to deal with them.
Be Prepared Before You Talk To Your Doctor
Before you go to see your doctor, just make a note of everything you want to ask. The more prepared you are for your appointment, the easier it will be. And that way you won’t forget to ask any questions or bring up any important facts.
You might also want to take your partner or parents with you to the appointment for added support.
Whatever you need to talk to your doctor about, know that if they are unable to assist you to the level that you need help, they will refer you to someone who is trained to do so, such as your local community health centre or a counsellor.
Don’t forget, if you do need advice and think you will want to talk to your doctor for longer than the usual allocated 10 minutes per appointment, you can book a double appointment. Just mention it when you call to make an appointment.
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