The important event on the calendar the Second Tuesday of June will take less time to complete than reading this article and slightly more important. National Call Your Doctor Day reminds young women to schedule their annual Well-Woman Exam.
Making this day halfway through the year holds significance because so many women delay their routine care. Often placing the priorities of work, family members or other obligations before their health, women overlook the simple phone call that may save their life.
According to a 2015 survey by ZocDoc, 80 percent of Americans delay or forgo preventative care. The number increases to 93 percent when surveying Millennials.
National Call Your Doctor Day is the easiest celebration on the calendar. It can set an example for other women, help establish a baseline for many health concerns later in life and improve opportunities for identifying risk factors. By making the appointment and keeping it, you place a priority on staying healthy so you can continue to meet those important obligations in the future. It only takes a few minutes to commit to this one annual exam. You know people who have made more binding commitments in less time. This is one appointment you will want to keep and mark on the calendar again next year.
There may be an even quicker way to make the appointment than picking up the phone when you have an established relationship with a physician. With many clinics, you can set up an appointment online, quickly and securel
HOW TO OBSERVE
Call your doctor and make an appointment for a Well-Woman Exam. Encourage your friends and family to do the same by using #CallYourDoctorDay to share on social media.
1. Lady Gaga once told Billboard about her depression, “I’ve suffered through depression and anxiety my entire life. I just want these kids to know that this modern thing, where everyone is feeling shallow and less connected? That’s not human.”
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2. Adele once admitted that anxiety attacks keep her from playing large festivals and arenas.
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3. Jennifer Lawrence once revealed that she suffered from social anxiety as soon as she started school.
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4. Kid Cudi checked himself into rehab in October for depression and suicidal thoughts.
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5. Lena Dunham is often open about her anxiety and OCD, once saying, “To those struggling with anxiety, OCD, depression: I know it’s mad annoying when people tell you to exercise, and it took me about 16 medicated years to listen. I’m glad I did.”
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6. After a stint in rehab for anorexia, bulimia, and cutting, Demi Lovato discovered that she was manic depressive/bipolar. She told People, “I feel like I am in control now, where for my whole life, I wasn’t in control.”
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7. Kanye West reportedly felt suicidal after the death of his mother in 2007.
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8. Zayn Malik’s anxiety is often so crippling, it’s caused him to cancel shows.
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9. Britney Spears knows a thing or two about social anxiety, saying, “I’m not good in large groups, I just make everything awkward.”
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10. The Rock talked to Oprah about his depression, saying, “I wish I had someone at that time who could just pull me aside and say, ‘Hey, it’s gonna be okay. It’ll be okay.'”
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11. Kerry Washington once spoke about her depression and unhealthy relationship with food and exercise in college, saying, “I think it’s really important to take the stigma away from mental health.”
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