Cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are all potentially devastating conditions that receive a lot of press. One would think they would be among the most common reasons for a doctor visit. However, they are not in the top five. If this is surprising, keep in mind that these conditions are not always obvious and can sometimes present with few symptoms. Here are the top five reasons that people see a doctor and why:
5) Psychological Problems
About one in four American adults will suffer with a mental illness during a given year.(1) These sobering numbers speak to the tremendous suffering that many people live with every day. While it is common and appropriate to feel down or anxious in certain situations, uncontrolled emotional liability cannot be treated by “toughing it out” or ignoring it. Hence, sufferers see a doctor.
4) Upper Respiratory Conditions
Colds, bronchitis, sinusitis, and the flu are all lumped into this broad description. The common cold is given that name for a reason. The symptoms of upper respiratory conditions are noticeable, and the average adult contracts two to four of these conditions annually.(2) The frequency of these infections, combined with the obviousness of symptoms and the misery they provoke, explains why so many doctor visits are made to treat them. (more…)