The fear of doctors has plagued me for as long as I can remember. If you are reading this, you are likely experiencing a form of distress towards medical doctors as well. While there may be some people in the world that do not
mind going to a doctor, it is rare for a person to actually like or enjoy visiting a doctor. I was not quite sure of what I was scared of when it came to doctors.
It could have been the way that they dress, the types of questions that they ask, the types of examinations that they perform, the fact that they often use needles or that I really did not want to discover that I had some terrible illness or disease.
It could have been a combination of all of these possibilities. All I know is that it resulted in a high level of anxiety and made me extremely uncomfortable. The truth of the matter is, we all need to see a doctor at one point or another.
Instead of allowing the bondage of fear control me, I decided to face my fear. In this guide, I will teach you how to face your fears and overcome the fear of doctors.
As with any self-improvement regimen, the first step to overcoming a certain fear or phobia is to acquire as much information as possible on the issue that you have. Throughout my life, I have consistently experienced a high level of anxiety related to visiting doctors. However, as I got older, the fear became a bit more intense.
Not only was I scared of the doctor, but I also became apprehensive about nurses and other professionals that work in health care facilities and offices. Then, it got to a point where if I thought about a doctor, nurse, hospital, clinic or doctor’s office that I would experience anxiety.
I am not just talking about basic stress here. I am talking about the type of anxiety that makes your stomach flip, your head spin and makes you feel as if you just cannot breathe right.
The older I got, the more I realized that my fear of doctors seemed a bit irrational. This is when I knew it was time to just get over it. Once I made this decision, I started researching to see if I could find anything on my fear of doctors. Surprisingly, I found quite a bit on the topic. According to the information that I found, the fear of doctors is extremely common.
I also discovered that the official name of the fear that I was experiencing was “Iatrophobia”. I found out that nearly everyone has a bit of nervous tension about going to a doctor. However, it is when the person experiences extreme bouts of dread and uneasiness that the fear is considered to be a phobia. I also discovered that this fear may be a direct result of other fears such as the fear of needles, blood, or hospitals.
In order to face your fears of doctors, you should study up on the facts pertaining to your condition. In doing so, you will be more successfully in overcoming it.
Once you have a good understanding of your fears, it is important to try to uncover why it is that you are scared in the first place. You must acquire an understanding of what you are scared of will happen if you visit a doctor. For
some, it is simply something that stems from personal thoughts or experiences. For others, it could be a root fear such as those listed here:
When I suffered from fear of doctors, I determined that I had several issues. First, I really did not want to hear any bad news about my health. Second, I knew that I was a bit nervous about being subjected to a needle – it did not matter if I was getting an injection or getting blood drawn – I did not like needles. In addition to this, I was often placed in a waiting room full of strangers that had a variety of ailments.
I was always nervous I would get sick and it would impact my
finances and/or my career. I identified several possible reasons why I
was scared of doctors and worked through each one of them. As you learn
to face your fears, it is imperative that you take the time to identify
the causes and work through them as well. .....KEEP READING
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