5 Commonly Misunderstood Medical Problems

Despite our easy access to all kinds of data on the internet, there are still many misunderstood medical issues. Here’s a list of some of the more common ones.

Living a well-balanced lifestyle is a critical part of keeping yourself healthy. However, try as you might, there will be times when certain medical problems will still sneak up on you.

Even though the internet has helped the general public better understand many of these issues, there are still quite a few misconceptions floating around about some of them. Want to be in the know? Then follow on for 5 Commonly Misunderstood Medical Problems!

1. Migraines

Let’s start with a ‘simple’ one. So many people these days refer to standard headaches as migraines. While some headaches can be quite intense, you’ll know a migraine when you have one. The severe pain of these is typically shortly followed by dizziness, nausea, and even vomiting. If things reach that final level, it might be time to consult your doctor.

2. Depression

Even though more light has been brought on this issue, depression is still a problem many people massively misunderstand. This mainly comes from the fact that there are different levels of depression.

Some people have overcome it by working out regularly. Others try eating healthier foods, but others have more deep-seated issues that need to be addressed by a medical professional.

Either way, due to depression’s negative connotations, too few people seek treatment for it, so we need to make a better effort to help those who suffer from it.

3. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

One thing that many people don’t know about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is that it involves both constipation and diarrhea.

Some people only experience one or the other, while others deal with both. Either way, not enough people realize how serious this issue is. They write it off as poor eating choices, but if you experience one of these symptoms often, you likely have IBS. Make sure you take steps to manage your symptoms better if it turns out that you have it.

4. Incontinence

Another commonly misunderstood medical problem concerning how we go to the bathroom is incontinence. Most people believe this is an issue that only occurs in older people who don’t care for themselves, but it can happen to anyone.

Fortunately, this issue isn’t permanent, but to deal with it, you might have to use a catheter for a while. If that happens, make sure you know of the common myths about living with a catheter. It’s not as bad as you might think.


Finally, there is ADHD. Too many people self-diagnose themselves with this disorder because they occasionally have trouble paying attention to others when they talk.

While this is a typical symptom of ADHD, this disorder goes much deeper than that, and it’s often seen as hereditary. If you think you have this, it’s best to confirm it with a doctor. That way, you can know for sure and find treatment options to better deal with it.

Which other medical problems do you believe are commonly misunderstood? Let us know in the comments below and on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

Jennifer Dawson

Jennifer Dawson is an experienced freelance writer who specializes in food and nutrition. Working in fitness marketing previously gave her a good feel for the industry and since going freelance she has been able to explore her preferred topic areas such as diet types, nutrition and food. Outside of work, Jen enjoys traveling, swimming and spending time with her young family.

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