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Straight, No Chaser: Patient Psychology, Expectations and Communication

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I’ve always found the psychology of patients to be fascinating. Patients who present to emergency rooms most often are consumed with the fear of the unknown and are ultimately focused on the question of “What’s wrong with me, doc?” Of course in the emergency room (ER), we are less focused on what you have and more focused on the life-threatening conditions that you could have. It always seems to be very unsatisfying for patients when a firm diagnosis isn’t made in the ER, which is very ironic because in many cases, you really don’t want to have what we’re looking to find. The next time your ER physician tells you the tests were normal, and you’ll require more testing by your family physician, take that information and run with it. It usually means that you’ve escaped the clutches of the most immediately life-threatening considerations. Remember, we don’t always give good news.
Still, patients fear the unknown. After all, physicians are sometimes wrong. In other instances, your visit to the ER is just a “snapshot” of your condition. In two days you could look completely different. That nonspecific-appearing rash could bloom into full form. That persistent cold or other viral illness could have sufficiently lowered your immunity such that a bacterial infection could have simultaneously developed. It is very unsatisfying when your physician suggests that you’re ok, when you “know” you’re not. After all, that’s why you came to the ER! Don’t just stand there, doc: Do Something!
Of course, the fear hits the highest levels when it involves children. A parent’s intuition about these things is not to be disregarded. For some, “normal” is usually not good enough (meaning it’s not an acceptable answer).
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So my question to you is “What are your expectations?” You would do well to take a deep breath, and think about that before you come in to be seen. In my experience, your concerns usually are among the following types.

  • Is there a clear but unknown illness or injury, and your concern is making sure the doctor gets the treatment right?
  • Do you “already know what’s going on,” and just want the doctor to do what will make you feel better?
  • Are you coming in “just to be sure?”
  • Do you not have a clue what’s going on but just know “something is wrong?”

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Each of the above considerations represent an attitude you’re bringing to the table. If you take the time to identify your expectations, you’ll do a better job in convincing your physician that your desired outcome represents the best course of action. Much has been made of physicians who don’t listen. Resolve to do a better job of making your physician hear you. Also do a better job of asking questions, and take the time to hear what is being said back to you.
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The discharge interaction is incredibly important. If you’re not listening or understanding your instructions, you’re not only going to be lost and frustrated, but you’re going to be at risk for worsening of your condition. In many instances, even if nothing was discovered, something could be wrong. In other instances your instructions have to do with handling your surrounding environment. If you’re tuned out because you didn’t get your preferred course of treatment, you will less well equipped to handle the conditions that could produce further injury or illness.
Understanding your own psychology going into a physician interaction is a big part of your health. Try it, communicate it and get better soon. This consideration is actually a big part of personal healthcare consulting. Your Sterling Medical Advice expert consultants work to help you flush out expectations and outcomes. Whether or not you do it with us, learn to make this a part of your self-assessment.
Feel free to ask your SMA expert consultant any questions you may have on this topic.
Take the #72HoursChallenge, and join the community. As a thank you for being a valued subscriber to Straight, No Chaser, we’d like to offer you a complimentary 30-day membership at www.72hourslife.com. Just use the code #NoChaser, and yes, it’s ok if you share!
Order your copy of Dr. Sterling’s new books There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life and The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days at Amazon or at www.72hourslife.com. Receive introductory pricing with orders!
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Straight, No Chaser In The News: The Cleveland Murder, African Americans and Mental Health

In the news is a simply horrific, seemingly random murder in Cleveland that was posted to Facebook. Today’s Straight, No Chaser seeks to review a central aspect of the crime: the alleged perpetrator of the crime appears to be suffering from mental health issues, and he claimed to have lost “everything” due to gambling.
Straight, No Chaser has recently reviewed gambling addiction in the following post: Problem Gambling

There also is a fair amount of discussion, if not surprise, that the alleged perpetrator of the crimes was an African-American male, given that a “mental breakdown” appears to have been in play (which, medically speaking is a dubious consideration). Things have changed. There was a time when mental health disorders were not thought to be “much” of an issue in the African-American community (apologies to all historically affected). Over the years, this notion has led to mental illness being dramatically undiagnosed and undertreated in this segment of the population. However, as this data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (DHHS/OMH) points out, that is a misperception at best.
Regarding mental health and African-Americans

  • African-Americans are 10% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than Non-Hispanic whites.
  • The death rate from suicide for African-American men was more than four times greater than for African-American women, in 2014.
  • However, the suicide rate for African-Americans is 70% lower than that of the non-Hispanic white population.

As these things go, there’s a relative consideration and an absolute consideration, and it’s true that more than one thing can be true at a time. As noted, African-Americans commit suicide at a significantly lower rate than others within the general population. However, it is also true that African-Americans have a significantly higher level of psychological distress. As such, a report from the U.S. Surgeon General found that from 1980 – 1995, the suicide rate among African-Americans ages 10 to 14 increased 233%, as compared to 120% of non-Hispanic whites.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the strong correlation between poverty and mental health. Also from the DHHS/OMH:

  • Poverty level affects mental health status. African-Americans living below the poverty level, as compared to those over twice the poverty level, are 3 times more likely to report psychological distress.


All of this is to say, mental health concerns among African-Americans should be taken as seriously as they are in every other segment of society and not dismissed as something to be absorbed by the individual. Remove the stigma. Get people the help they need before a crisis occurs.
Feel free to ask your SMA expert consultant any questions you may have on this topic.
Take the #72HoursChallenge, and join the community. As a thank you for being a valued subscriber to Straight, No Chaser, we’d like to offer you a complimentary 30-day membership at www.72hourslife.com. Just use the code #NoChaser, and yes, it’s ok if you share!
Order your copy of Dr. Sterling’s new books There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life and The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days at Amazon or at www.72hourslife.com. Receive introductory pricing with orders!
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There are 72 Hours in a Day – Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life

The teams at Straight, No Chaser, Sterling Medical Advice.com and 72 Hours Life are thrilled to offer you our newest book – There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life. The book defines a lifestyle of productivity that clears your clutter and allows you get to your meaningful pursuits, whatever they may be. There are 72 Hours in a Day is the statement of purpose for Living the 72 Hours Life. Rest assured, health considerations play a significant part of the book and in promoting productivity. Remember, the goal is living your best life, but the means is greater productivity and efficiency.

Here’s an excerpted book review from Kirkus, the industry leader for 80 years:

BOOK REVIEW 
In this how-to book, an emergency physician provides strong rationales and helpful instructions for maximizing efficiency in many aspects of day-to-day life. Sterling (Behind the Curtain, 2015) is both an accomplished health care consultant with extensive experience in emergency medicine and a business owner. This varied experience forms a solid foundation from which he shares insights on how to “discover ever-increasing levels of efficiency.” His tone is logical, straightforward, and encouraging, allowing room for readers who may have different definitions of personal success. His book contains specific strategies that are, on the whole, easy to understand. They address how to make work, organizations, health, recreation, finances, and relationships more efficient, with an emphasis on “working smarter, not harder.” …An often clear and credible read that looks at how to clear space for one’s priorities.
We’re offering There are 72 Hours in a Day for the crazy low early bird price of $5.50! Order now at Amazon.com or at 72 Hours Life.com.
Here’s some of our other offerings related to The 72 Hours Life:
Books:

  • On May 1st, we will release another book – The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days. The workbook will facilitate your assessing your current level of performance and provide you with tips, activities and other tools to help you implement the strategies espoused in the main text.
  • The 72 Hour book series will continue with other topics of interest.

Web Community:

We have created an amazing experience for you at www.72HoursLife.com and want to invite you to experience it. The web community is set up to offer you a completely interactive, if not “gamified” experience in becoming more productive. The website offers the following with an eye toward productivity, success and community:

  • Activities
    • The website takes your through 72 days of reflections and activities, and it offers you tips and resources to allow you to practice and build upon your skills.
  • Forum
    • Join thousands of other like-minded participants, or create your own group, in the pursuit of thinking through and discovering solutions to your productivity challenges.
    • Enjoy the Open Houses being held by our star-studded group of efficiency experts and contributors.
  • Articles
    • Learn from the unique perspectives of a broad variety of individuals sharing their approaches to productivity across work, finances, relationships, health/fitness and other aspects of life.
  • Training
    • Enjoy individual consultations on your goals through the website.
    • Sign up for strategy sessions on your specific projects.

Symposia and Workshops:

  • Personal productivity training workshops will be offered at multiple locations throughout the world.
  • Corporate training and consultations will be offered for executives and employees.

The 72 Hours Life isn’t about just working harder. It’s about becoming more efficient as a means toward uncluttering your life. Once you’ve accomplished that, you will be more successful in reaching your professional goals and having more time to enjoy the more pleasurable aspect of your life. Join the community. You’ll get everything you put into back out several-fold. Our goal is the same as it’s always been – to help you live a better, healthier, more fulfilled life.
Take the #72HoursChallenge, and join the community. As a thank you for being a valued subscriber to Straight, No Chaser, we’d like to offer you a complimentary 30-day membership at www.72hourslife.com. Just use the code #NoChaser, and yes, it’s ok if you share!
Thanks for liking and following Straight, No Chaser! This public service provides a sample of what http://www.SterlingMedicalAdvice.com (SMA) and 844-SMA-TALK offers. Please share our page with your friends on WordPress, like us on Facebook SterlingMedicalAdvice.com and follow us on Twitter at @asksterlingmd.
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Straight, No Chaser: Living The 72 Hours Life – Free Giveaway Included!

Straight, No Chaser and the many other resources found at Sterling Initiatives (www.jeffreysterlingmd.com) have always been about empowering you to live your best life through better health (www.sterlingmedicaladvice.com), better access to information (SMA TALK / www.docadviceline.com), or better implementation strategies (www.sterlinginitiatives.com). We’ve brought you Straight, No Chaser daily for over three years and have even taken you Behind the Curtain. All the way, the goal is to provide services and accurate information that helps you sort through the clutter.

These considerations have been advanced and expanded in our latest effort. Allow us to introduce you to The 72 Hours Life (www.72HoursLife.com). We have assembled a phenomenal team to extend the same principles you’ve enjoyed in Straight, No Chaser to the other aspects of your life, including work, financial, personal and spiritual. The goal is living your best life, but the means is greater productivity and efficiency.
Here’s some of what we have in store for you:
Books:

  • On April 15th, we will release There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life. This manual will provide a road map for approaching the necessary tasks in your life.
  • On May 1st, we will release The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days. The workbook will facilitate your assessing your current level of performance and provide you with tips, activities and other tools to help you implement the strategies espoused in the main text.
  • The 72 Hour book series will continue with other topics of interest.

Web Community:

We have created an amazing experience for you at www.72HoursLife.com and want to invite you to experience it. The web community is set up to offer you a completely interactive, if not “gamified” experience in becoming more productive. The website offers the following with an eye toward productivity, success and community:

  • Activities
    • The website takes your through 72 days of reflections and activities, and it offers you tips and resources to allow you to practice and build upon your skills.
  • Forum
    • Join thousands of other like-minded participants, or create your own group, in the pursuit of thinking through and discovering solutions to your productivity challenges.
    • Enjoy the Open Houses being held by our star-studded group of efficiency experts and contributors.
  • Articles
    • Learn from the unique perspectives of a broad variety of individuals sharing their approaches to productivity across work, finances, relationships, health/fitness and other aspects of life.
  • Training
    • Enjoy individual consultations on your goals through the website.
    • Sign up for strategy sessions on your specific projects.

Symposia and Workshops:

  • Personal productivity training workshops will be offered at multiple locations throughout the world.
  • Corporate training and consultations will be offered for executives and employees.

The 72 Hours Life isn’t about just working harder. It’s about becoming more efficient as a means toward uncluttering your life. Once you’ve accomplished that, you will be more successful in reaching your professional goals and having more time to enjoy the more pleasurable aspect of your life. Join the community. You’ll get everything you put into back out several-fold. Our goal is the same as it’s always been – to help you live a better, healthier, more fulfilled life.
Take the #72HoursChallenge, and join the community. As a thank you for being a valued subscriber to Straight, No Chaser, we’d like to offer you a complimentary 30-day membership at www.72hourslife.com. Just use the code #NoChaser, and yes, it’s ok if you share!
Preorder your copy of Dr. Sterling’s new books There are 72 Hours in a Day: Using Efficiency to Better Enjoy Every Part of Your Life and The 72 Hours in a Day Workbook: The Journey to The 72 Hours Life in 72 Days at www.72hourslife.com. Receive introductory pricing with preorders!
Thanks for liking and following Straight, No Chaser! This public service provides a sample of what http://www.SterlingMedicalAdvice.com (SMA) and 844-SMA-TALK offers. Please share our page with your friends on WordPress, like us on Facebook SterlingMedicalAdvice.com and follow us on Twitter at @asksterlingmd.
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