A critical eye for diagnosing a patient’s health problem is crucial to being a physician, says Dr. Ahmed Bailony in an article on KevinMD. However, he recently discovered that this analytical approach to his work was seeping into his personal life, influencing him with a negative tone. Even a baseball game became an event to dissect with a critical, problem- focused approach. He realized that his view of life was becoming increasingly pessimistic.
Dr. Bailony is not alone in realizing the increasing negativity in our lives that comes from focusing on problems. The health-care industry itself has recently begun to talk about shifting from a “disease management” focus to a “health creation” focus, as more and more evidence indicates that focusing on disease does not necessarily produce health. Similarly, problem-focused negativity in the news, on social media, in many movies and books can influence how we see life.Continue Reading