According to Dr. Robert Pearl, and his recent article in Forbes magazine, psychological stress – a very common problem in America – is often overlooked and represents an issue not properly managed by doctors and the health care system.
Moreover, associations of stress with common human diseases are poorly understood by many clinicians and, thus, too often, some of the patients’ stress-related conditions are misdiagnosed.
As per Dr. Pearl:
Doctors either don’t diagnosis or do so inaccurately not because they’ve failed to consider an obscure medical condition. In fact, it’s the opposite. They’ve overlooked a very common problem in America: stress.
Thus, the author concludes that all these reasons indicate that there is a serious need for “stress awareness” and proper education of doctors and patients about the prevalence of stress and its clinical consequences.
Some issues related to this problem as highlighted in the article:
As per this article and according to an American Psychological Association report, “33% of patients have never discussed managing their stress with a health care professional”.
Nearly half of physicians admit to “rarely” or “never” bringing up the ‘stress issue’ with their patients.
Part of the problem, as discussed by Dr. Pearl, is that “there’s more money in treating the symptoms than there is in addressing their source: psychological stress” and “with the typical U.S. primary care physician seeing up to 30 patients a day, there’s little time to ask about complex psychological issues”.
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