Emotion plays a big role in healthcare. Sometimes patients are too anxious and worried to seek healthcare, thus preventing them from getting the care that they need. For example, a patient not going to the doctor because they can't tolerate what they may hear, or patients not asking doctors the hard questions about their condition.
A Clinical Psychologist recently described this to me by saying "to activate ourselves, we need to address our anxiety and fear." During emotionally loaded situations (like illness) people often protect themselves by doing things like not hearing information, not listening, and forgetting.
The dynamic of a patient with a potentially serious illness and not able to thoroughly think through healthcare decisions or navigate the system happens all too often, and is a recipe for poor outcomes. On top of this dynamic, family members often have differing perspectives on treatment for loved ones, which only increases the emotionality of the situation.
Outside experts, like health advisors, function outside of this emotional paradigm and are able to objectively think through care and treatment.
To learn more about outside experts who can help you get the care you need, reach out to Better Health Advisors.