If you’ve just graduated college, you are well on your way to becoming a full-fledged adult. Part of growing up, as reluctantly as you may do it, is taking control of your health. You?ve outgrown your pediatrician and it is time to think about finding a doctor that will give you the best care as you enter the next chapter of your life. Here are three things you must do as you build a network of doctors that will help you live a healthy and fulfilled life.
- Ask your pediatrician for recommendations.
Although your pediatrician will never “kick you out”, you should find a doctor for your adult health needs shortly after you’ve graduated. Finding a doctor doesn’t have to be an arduous process: you can ask your pediatrician for recommendations on who to see for a primary care physician. They know your entire medical history as well as your personal preferences when it comes to how you are cared for. Some people like friendly, amiable physicians that feel like family and some prefer doctors that stick to the facts. Your pediatrician can suggest a new doctor that they think you’ll really mesh well with and that you can fully trust.
- Find specialized physicians.
As you get older, your health needs will change. You’ll need a primary care doctor, but you’ll also need specialists like a gynecologist or perhaps a cardiologist. They can help with preventative medicine practices for several different parts of your body as it begins to age. Let’s face it, you know your body will begin to slow down as you get older and you’ll need to learn to take care of your heart and other vital organs. Visiting new doctors can be nerve-wracking, especially those which are more private and personal in nature. You can compile a list of questions to ask a gynecologist before you start seeing one to ease your mind and help you feel confortable and prepared.
- Consider seeing a therapist.
Transitioning from college to adult life can be emotionally taxing. In addition to finding a doctor for your physical health needs, consider finding a therapist for your mental health needs. They can help give you coping techniques to deal with this stressful and anxiety provoking time in your life. You don’t need to be severely depressed to see a therapist; sometimes, it’s just helpful to have someone to talk to as you navigate any feelings you are having trouble dealing with. Don’t forget, your mental health is just as important as your physical health to live your best life.
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