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Iatrophobia – Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors

Iatrophobia – Fear of going to the doctor or of doctors

We have become a rather health obsessed society of late. We are constantly hearing what is good and not good for us on the news. The focal point for most people when it comes to their health is their local general practitioner. These are conscientious professionals who make our health their business.

There are, however, some people who have a profound and intense fear of doctors. These people may avoid consulting their physician which can lead to potential health risks by not getting the assistance they need in a timely manner. Sufferers of this condition are said to have Iatrophobia.

The symptoms of this condition are much the same as other phobias, shortness of breath, excessive sweating, symptoms associated with IBS, and a general feeling a dread and despair are all common place with this fear. The sad irony, is that because of the fear, these sufferers will not consult their doctor to discover what is happening, which of course means that these people often suffer needlessly.

Behaviouraly and analytically based hypno-psychotherapy can help with this condition by discovering and rationalising the causes of this phobia so that clients can lead a more healthy and productive life.

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