Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of fear of going to the doctor is a little different.
Why? Because the core of the problem – the patterns of thinking, the images, movies, sounds and dialog that are internally associated with doctors – are different in each person.
But while the ‘internal representations’ as they are called are different from person to person there are a number of symptoms which are common to many iatrophobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to doctors
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid doctors
- The inability to function normally because of your anxiety
- Often, the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable or exaggerated but feeling powerless to control them
Iatrophobic symptoms can be mental, emotional and physical. The anxiety and fear can go from mild feelings of apprehension to a full-blown panic attack.
Typically, the closer you are to what you’re afraid of, the greater your fear will be. You can test the severity of your problem with this 2-minute online fear of going to the doctor test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about doctors and not the actual doctors almost all people with fear of going to the doctor can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind.
> For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Fear of Going to the Doctor.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of doctors
- Feelings of unreality or of being detached from yourself
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of fainting
- Anticipatory Anxiety: Persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve doctors
- Terror: A persistent and overwhelming fear of the same
- Desire to Flee: An intense instinct to leave the situation (which is tough when its purely in the mind)
While not generally experienced at the same time as fear of going to the doctor episode, we find that overall when they think about their past, most clients have elevated levels of one or more of:
- Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt & Guilt
- Dizziness, shaking, palpitations.
- Shortness of breath or smothering sensation
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling of choking
- Nausea or stomach distress
- Feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
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DefinitionFEAR OF GOING TO THE DOCTOR: (iatrophobia, fear of doctors, and fear of going to the doctor)
1: fear of going to the doctor: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of doctors, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: fear of going to the doctor: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to doctors.
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