Delay behaviour is referred to an action or the tendency of an individual avoiding or dodging the time to obtain medical help or attention be it medication or any kind of treatment. For instance, someone did not seek health care immediately despite knowing that they are sick or ill while some even choose to do nothing or self-medicate. This can be considered as misusing of the health system, whereby an individual does not seek treatment for symptoms such as severe chest pains, stomach cramps and many more serious symptoms, that needs immediate attention but are usually overlooked or ignored. There are four stages of delay behaviour which includes Appraisal delay, Illness delay, Utilization delay as well as Medical delay.The first stage of delay behaviour is appraisal behaviour. An appraisal delay is the time period a person takes to notice a symptom as an indication of an illness. During an appraisal delay, the individual’s experience of what he or she can feel has the greatest impact on what they are about to do next. The individual notices a symptom as an indication of illness much quicker once they experience severe pains or bleeding compared to what they did not. For instance, someone notices that she has a pimple on her face however, she does not think about whether is it cancerous and thinks that it is just her monthly hormonal changes. The likely cause of the delay could be due to the lack of knowledge.The second stage is Illness delay where the time a person takes between realising that a symptom implies an illness and decide to seek medical attention. In other words, they will have to analyse whether the health problem will get better with the help of professional care. For instance, a healthy 45-year-old man who noticed that he was bloated but did not refer to any doctor or medical help as he thought it was normal since he has been experiencing it before. However, he only went to seek help when he became more worried as it has been for two months and showed no signs of subsiding. Thus, due to his actions, the time that he was supposed to seek medical help and get treatment was being delayed. This could also be due to false hope and willingness whereby it’s a cycle of relapse.The third stage is the Utilization delay. It is the time between making a decision to seek treatment and actually doing it. During this process, it is important for the individual to think about the benefits and barriers. One of the many reasons for the delay would be the cost of the treatment. For example, someone who suffers from cancer would have to consider paying thousands of dollars for chemotherapy or other alternatives in order to slow down the growth of cancer cells. Furthermore, the less worry a person has in regards to the cost the treatment, the shorter the delay in seeking professional help. Thus, if the person thinks that the treatment is not worth the cost, they will have the tendency to delay. However, if they think that the medical care will benefit them and is worth the cost, they will then come to a conclusion that the best decision is to proceed with the treatment.The fourth stage of delay behaviour in medical delay is the time that elapses between the individual arrange for an appointment and his or her to get the appropriate medical care. For instance, a 50-year-old elderly called the doctor to schedule a check-up appointment. However, when the day comes, she had to give excuses to change the date at a later date. Due to her actions, she delays her time to seek medical help. The likely causes could be due to not having enough money to pay the fees or even due to her busy schedule that she had to change every now and then.There are factors that contribute to the likely cause of the delay. Some include the fear of doctors. examinations, surgeries and medical facilities, gender as well as motivation.Firstly, the fear of doctors, examinations, surgeries and medical facilities. This can be considered as a cause of a delay because the individual might have a traumatic incident that has happened to them before or even a bad experience in the past. For example, a person who is afraid of needles and has to go for an injection and due to such incidents, that individual choose to avoid any check-ups or even treatments involving needles.Secondly, gender. Women are more likely and willing to seek medical health. However, if it involves their appearance, they are unlikely to do it. As for men, they are said to have a big ego and due to that, whenever they fall ill, it is either they do not admit that they are ill or refuse to visit the doctor. These hinder them to seek help which delays the process of getting treatments.Lastly, motivation. Individuals do not have enough motivation and lack of social support to seek medical help. For instance, someone is reluctant to visit the doctor because he/she does not have the courage to do so and is afraid that they could not handle the outcome after visiting the doctor for a full body check up alone.In conclusion, from my point of view, I believe that having a delay behaviour is not good as it can lead to a more serious matter. We do not know what the future holds and anything can happen at any point in time and at any place. So, if we suspect that something is wrong with our body, we should immediately seek help from the professionals be it just a fever and we should learn how to take things seriously when it comes to our own health as it is better to be safe than sorry.