Neuroscientists have begun to study the brain activity that underpins the type of erroneous decision-making which is influenced by fear. The study is still underway, but the preliminary findings provide some insight into the brain response to uncertainty. For example, there appears to be increased activity in the amygdala, which could indicate a state of “hypervigilance,” in which we are hyperaware of potential dangers. Uncertainty also appears to activate the anterior insula, which is involved in weighing the repercussions of a specific occurrence and may exaggerate the brain’s predictions of possible damage.
In evolution, our reactions to uncertainty may have made sense. The brain is continuously attempting to foresee what will happen next in order to best prepare the body and mind.
We interviewed a fellow sweetheart healthcare professional amongst us on this matter . Dr Ashwini M.Madawana , a Dentist , Influencer and a post -graduate student who specialises in Paediatrics in the crème de la crème of universities – University of Science Malaysia tells us on how the fear of the unknown is one of the main reason for healthcare neglect .When it comes to healthcare, many people are reactive rather than proactive, she says.
To put it another way, they only go to the doctor when they’re sick. Preventive care appointments, on the other hand, are equally vital. Even if you think you’re in good health, there’s a chance you have a medical issue that only blood tests, a physical exam, or a medical scan can detect.
Healthcare facilities can be a huge source of anxiety for some people. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are generally associated with bad experiences. Almost no one wants to be there, with the exception of healthcare providers who use these facilities as their workplace.
Anxiety can arise for a variety of reasons, not all of which are related to their treatment or diagnosis. Some people suffer from a condition known as “white coat syndrome,” in which simply seeing a doctor or entering a hospital might cause anxiety.
Patients and their family benefit greatly from active listening skills, empathy, and the avoidance of medical jargon. That being said, healthcare professionals are also humans with emotions, and they should be treated as such – as one wise man once remarked, “It takes two to tango.”
Written by : Dr Alfred Kodharee
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