I think there are many things you could call me. You could call me stubborn. You could call me opinionated. You could even call me anxious -- when I am anxious. Just don't let that be the benchmark for my health care, or a convenient thing to write when you can't find anything else wrong, or are so intent on not listening to me that you can't hear me.
If we care about our health, we must address physician health. This can only happen with a shift in the culture of care and wellness of doctors. Self-care must become a core competency in medical training. Such radical change requires the involvement of all stakeholders, the doctors, the health policy makers and most importantly, the public.
The odd thing is that many of these physical and emotional states are already predictable. But too few of us heed their warnings. As often as we look at our smart phones, we may as well get some benefit from them. They will ultimately tell us a great deal about ourselves, not just about everyone else.
If you're in the same boat as me, please know that you don't have to suffer alone. Your mental health concerns are nothing to be ashamed of. Go to your GP. Tell them how you are feeling. If you walk away feeling embarrassed or ashamed or unsupported, it's time to find a new GP, because I promise, you don't need to feel alone in your suffering anymore.
More than 5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease today, and that number is expected nearly to triple by 2015. I've met so many families who are dealing with the heartbreaking reality of watching a loved one's memory and mental capacity slip away, all while they struggle to find--and afford--the right care.
To solve the health care conundrum, fix the system and survive its dysfunctionality I wrote from my experience and analyzed statistical data available in public records and medical literature. It became clear to me that to survive and even thrive in this mess we must get tough, strong and focus on our personal prevention and wellbeing.