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Effective Communication During Medical Appointments Reduce Stress.

How to manage stress and anxiety in a medical appointment.

Medical appointments may cause strong emotions, anxiety, stress, frustration, anger, even terror. How do you manage those strong feelings and remain calm?   

Here are ways to reduce the risk of not being properly informed about your condition ways to ensure you get the care you need,

How to Manage Emotions in a Medical Appointment

  1. Ask your Advocate to attend with you. They will help keep the discussion focused on problem-solving, review outcomes and options with you afterwards.
  2. Before you go, write down your questions in a note pad. If you become too anxious to talk, hand the written list over to your doctor to read.
  3. If you notice a strong reaction from the Doctor, take a deep breath and ask for help from your Advocate beside you. This will calm you down, allow you to focus on the appointment itself, rather than all the feelings welling up inside.
  4. Be kind to Doctors and Nurses, they are human too. They see many patients each day, and while they must remain professional, they also have emotions such as worry or fear which can cause poor reactions.
  5. Avoid at all costs raising your voice, they are listening, and your Advocate will help you ask the questions that you want to raise
  6. Remember, you can do anything, you have proven it at your age, it will help you to help you get through the appointment. Promise yourself time to react and vent later. 
  7. Be aware of your body language, relax don’t be scared. Sit up straight, with your arms softly at your sides and look your doctor in the eyes and breath. 
  8. Listen carefully. Don’t move onto your next thought until he has finished.
  9. Talk to your Advocate about role-playing possible situations in advance. Role-playing will help you keep your emotions under control when you are in appointments.
  10. Is important that your Advocate attend with you the Doctors’ appointment to help you remember write to your family via email what the doctor said. He will help keep the discussion focused on problem-solving, review outcomes and options with you afterwards.

These recommendations will help you maintain positive, productive relationships with your medical providers.

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