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Stress, Coping, and Health Seeking Medical Help People who are highly anxious, who score high on the personality trait of neuroticism, who are very health-conscious, and who are very aware of bodily sensations tend to report more physical symptoms than other people. Delaying seeking medical help can have serious consequences, as early diagnosis can improve the treatment of many health problems. Despite this, people often delay seeking medical help for several reasons: Fear of appearing ridiculous if their symptoms turn out to be benign Reluctance to bother their physicians The tendency to minimize symptoms Unwillingness to have a medical appointment interfere with other plans. Communicating Effectively People often have trouble communicating effectively with health care providers. Communication difficulties frequently happen for the following reasons: Medical providers often use jargon and unclear explanations when talking to patients.
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Unformatted text preview: Patients sometimes forget to ask questions they should have asked. People sometimes forget to mention symptoms they have or avoid mentioning the extent of their problems for fear of a serious diagnosis. People are sometimes passive in their interactions with health care providers because they feel intimidated by health care providers authority. Adhering to Treatment Regimens Peoples chances of recovery decrease if they dont adhere to the treatment regimens that their health care providers prescribe. People dont adhere to medical advice for three main reasons: Not understanding the instructions they are given Not following treatment regimens that are unpleasant or interfere significantly with daily routines Not following advice if they are displeased about their interactions with their health care provider...
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