4 reasons to see a doctor when you're a doctor
Aug 2018

Doctors lead busy lifestyles, and as such, they often have little time or regard for their own health. After all, a day spent in a hospital or a medical center caring for other people can often lead to a lack of time or just general neglect for your own health. But it pays to be on top of your own health so that you can continue to care for others and be at the top of your game.

  1. A second opinion should be encouraged It can become too easy to fall into the trap of self-diagnosis, believing the symptoms will be alleviated based on your own medical assumption. But sometimes it takes another professional just like yourself to diagnosis what could either be very serious – or nothing at all.

For coughs and colds, a second opinion is less important, however for those lumps, bumps and more sinister problems that you can't be 100 percent sure about without tests, it's important to schedule a doctor's appointment.

  1. Postponement or denial has dangerous consequences every patient you see is given the same advice; seek treatment if your symptoms increase, change, or ultimately become worse. But often doctors can be so busy telling their patients to be alert that they put their own health problems to the side. If you believe something is wrong, the worst thing you can do for your health is postponing treatment or be in denial about what you are experiencing.

Many doctors admit to feeling weak if they themselves become ill. They feel because they are there to treat the patient, they ultimately don't have the time to become inconveniently ill themselves. This is a dangerous and self-destructive path and one that needs to be rectified. As soon as you start feeling ill, or you're due for a check-up, do not delay in seeking help.

  1. You can keep a record of your own health when you're seeing a patient; you are able to keep a record of their health from as far back as their birth. You can see when they broke a bone, when they were on medication, what they were prescribed, and even how they were feeling at the time.

If doctors, any doctors, preferred to treat themselves rather than see another medical professional, they run the risk of not having a medical history to fall back on for the purpose of diagnosis and chains of events.

  1. There are health facilities available just for doctors Depending on where you're practicing medicine, there are programs and professionals available to care for both the physical and mental health of doctors and medical care professionals. For example, in London, UK, there is an NHS Practitioner Health Program aimed at confidential healthcare for those who cannot actively seek it in the public eye.

They also provide workshops to ensure healthcare professionals are healthy and able to cope with the pressures of their jobs.

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