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As moms, it’s hard to find time to take care of ourselves. We’re always so busy taking care of everyone else! We don’t really get sick days, do we? Even if you don’t have to lug toddlers to every appointment with you, scheduling a doctor’s appointment when you’re feeling under the weather is usually the last thing on your to-do list. I know it is for me. I never really have time to go to the doctor. So I decided to bring a physician to me with Doctor On Demand.
Bring the Doctor to You with Doctor On Demand
My average trip to the doctor takes over two hours from the time I leave my house until the time I return, and that’s on a good day and not counting waiting at the pharmacy! I am pretty much the sole provider for my family and struggling to make ends meet as it is, so taking that much time off stresses me out. I could be using that time getting ahead so I can brainstorm new ways to boost my income.
I also have anxiety and panic disorder, and the uncertainty associated with waiting at the doctor’s office sets me off. For most people, waiting is just an annoyance. For me, it triggers a fight or flight response if it goes beyond whatever arbitrary amount my mind has set as a reasonable expectation of time. It doesn’t have to make sense, panic triggers rarely do. My doctor is usually pretty good at getting me in quickly, but on days that he’s backed up, a simple sick visit becomes a nightmare.
How can Doctor On Demand help?
Doctor On Demand eliminates the wait by letting you either connect with a physician instantly or schedule an appointment for a time that’s most convenient for you. While I do have a regular doctor that I see for my chronic conditions, I like the convenience of scheduling an immediate appointment for all the minor illnesses that pop up throughout the year. Some of the most common women’s health issues that Doctor On Demand treats includes:
- Skin conditions (like acne and eczema)
- Yeast infections
I scheduled an appointment with Dr. Kristin after reading through all the physician profiles. You can either choose by appointment time or by doctor. I have some trust issues with doctors after a traumatic event, so being able reading their profiles was very important to me. I have rash on my chest, so I was more comfortable with a woman doctor seeing it. Turns out it was exactly what I thought it was (a flare-up of my tinea versicolor) and we talked about what I can do at home to help since I prefer not to take prescription anti-fungals for it.
In just 15 minutes I was back to work. No anxiety over long waits, no battling traffic to get home (which brings on a whole new level of anxiety for me)! I will still see my doctor for my chronic conditions. Doctor On Demand doesn’t treat those and my regular doctor already knows my case pretty well. For those sick visits where I usually just wait it out, though, I can definitely see using Doctor On Demand more often!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Doctor On Demand is a great resource not just for managing everyday stressors, like waiting room panic and allergies, but also for connecting you with mental health professionals. Their professional, accredited psychologists and psychiatrists can help you overcome everything from situational stress and depression to deeper traumas and anger issues. They can even help your marriage or family through relationship counseling, all from the comfort of your own home.
Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness Month? Did you also know that stress, anxiety and depression affect over 100 million Americans and nearly 50% of the American adult population, according to the “Moms, Money and Mental Health” Report? Your mental health plays a strong role in your physical well-being, so it’s just as important to make sure you’re taking care of yourself emotionally!
I am really trying to make this more of a priority as part of my whole Live Life Well plan, especially since my emotions have taken quite a beating over the last few years. I’ve been having a pretty rough time. I debated sharing this with you, but since it is mental health awareness month, I felt like if my being opening about my own mental health could help YOU be more open about it, then it’s worth it.
I kind of already knew that things were severe for me, but taking the assessment helps me realize that I should probably talk to someone sooner than later. You can take one, too, on the Doctor On Demand website and see where your mental health stands. In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, Doctor On Demand will cover the cost of a visit for an assessment with a board-certified physician that can recommend the right course of treatment if you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression.
From everyday women’s health issues to your emotional well-being, Doctor On Demand is a great partner in your healthcare journey. Doctors are there for you nationwide, 24/7 and 365 days a year. They’re available for anyone to use, with or without insurance. Visit the Doctor On Demand website to sign up, or download their free app on your phone or tablet to use on the go!