5. You are having workplace, financial or relationship problems
You might think that your bank balance, marital problems and job difficulties are none of your doctor’s business, but these worries can trigger stress, a major cause of insomnia, anxiety, digestive issues, depression and even substance abuse.
“All patients should be open about these concerns because stress can have many effects on the body and the mind,” says Dr. Kerr. Talking with your doctor about these issues might not solve your woes, but it can help lessen the anxiety you might feel, by starting a dialogue about solutions for dealing with stress and its physical symptoms. “If your physician is not aware of what’s going on in your life, he or she can’t do anything to help you,” adds Dr. MacLean. “The physician is there to look after you.”