Remember—your mental health is important, too. Sometimes your physical health impacts your emotional well-being and vice versa. If you experience severe or long-lasting stress, sadness, mood swings, or anxiety, talk with your doctor. They can help you.
No matter your questions, your doctor is listening.
You may not want to talk to your doctor about personal things, but your doctor has probably heard it all. Talking about small problems may help them from becoming major issues like depression, dangerous drug interactions, bladder control problems, or risk of falling.
Is it depression or just feeling blue?
“I’m having a hard time adjusting to retirement (or another life change.) How can I feel happier?”
Most people feel blue every once in a while, especially when they go through major life changes. That’s part of being human. But if life continues to feel more difficult than usual and these feelings last two weeks or more, you might suffer from depression.
Signs of depression2,3:
- Changes in appetite resulting in weight gain or weight loss
- A loss of interest in people or activities that used to make you happy
- Feeling tired all the time
- Feeling sad, anxious, empty, or agitated
- Thoughts of death or suicide
Steps to take if you think you’re depressed:
- Talk to a professional
- Find a support group in your neighborhood
- Ask friends and family for help
- Make changes to your habits
- Stick to your treatment, because it takes time
Your doctor may be able to help you. Start the conversation if you think you might be depressed.
Are my bladder issues something to worry about?
“I’ve had problems with bladder leakage. It’s harder to hold it, or I feel like I’m going all the time. What can I do?”
You may think bladder control issues are just “part of aging,” but even small problems can be a sign of something more serious.4 Talk with your doctor about any issues you may be having, and they’ll help you find the best treatment options available to you.
Are these medicines OK to take together?
“Could the medications I take cause a dangerous interaction? Could I save money if I take generic options?”
Take a list of your medicines, vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications to every appointment. Your doctor can help you avoid dangerous drug interactions and also discuss lower-cost generic alternatives.
Prepare for your next doctor’s appointment by updating your medication list now. You can use the RxMentor® tool to keep track of your medicines and store your information all in one place. Sign in to MyHumana and get started.
I worry about falling. How can I prevent an accident?
“I sometimes feel dizzy or unsteady on my feet. Is this normal? What can I do to improve my balance and help reduce my risk of falling?”
Regular exercise, hearing and vision tests, and keeping blood pressure under control may help lower your risk of falling.4
Be sure to talk to your doctor about these topics.
On certain plans, you may have access to Philips Lifeline® HomeSafe medical alert system at no additional cost. With this service, you can press a button when you aren’t feeling well, need help in case of a fall or have medical emergencies. A response center will be instantly notified to contact caregivers or emergency services providing you quick access to help.
Don’t be shy. Ask your doctor questions, take notes and open up about your concerns.
2 “Depression Overview,” Cleveland Clinic, last accessed December 29, 2017, https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9290-depression-overview (link opens in new window)
3 “Depression (major depressive disorder),” MayoClinic, last accessed December 29, 2017, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/symptoms-causes/syc-20356007 (link opens in new window)
4 “Urinary Incontinence,” Mayo Clinic, last accessed January 12, 2018, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/urinary-incontinence/symptoms-causes/syc-20352808 (link opens in new window)