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Iatrophobia | Fear of Doctors

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What is Iatrophobia?

Iatrophobia is the irrational fear of doctors. Iatrophobic individuals tend to avoid appointments with medical professionals and would rather suffer than seek help. The phobia is related to Hypochondriasis, which is the fear of illness.

Iatrophobia is a social anxiety and the name is derived from 'iatros' which is Greek for 'healer' and the word 'phobia' comes from the Greek word ‘phóbos’ meaning 'fear.'

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Symptoms of Iatrophobia

    Extreme Anxiety, Dread
    Shortness of Breath
    Rapid Breathing
    Heart Palpitations
    Excessive Sweating
    Nausea
    Dry Mouth
    Confusion / Inability to Articulate Clearly
    Lack of Focus
    Irritability
    Shaking
    Feelings of Powerlessness
    Obsession with the Subject of the Phobia
    Fear or Feelings of Losing Control
    Avoidance Behavior
    Headaches

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Causes of Iatrophobia

Iatrophobia is a social anxiety disorder. Social phobias result in avoidance of social situations due to fear of being embarrassed in public and affect men and women equally. Extreme social anxieties often start in childhood or adolescence and may be accompanied by other anxiety disorders or depression.

The origins of social anxiety disorders are not as well-understood as specific (or “isolated”) phobias, where a direct fear of injury from some specific animal, thing, or situation forms a clear basis for the fear. Even so, hereditary factors may be present, such as a genetic tendency to be “high strung”, nervous, etc.

In all kinds of phobias, external experiences and / or reports can further reinforce or develop the fear, such as seeing a family member or friend who is affected. In extreme cases, indirect exposures can be as remote as overhearing a reference in conversation, seeing something in the news, on TV, or in the movies.

Iatrophobia, like most phobias, stems from a subconscious overprotection mechanism, and as with many phobias can also be rooted in an unresolved emotional conflict.

Some Iatrophobic individuals may also have trouble with authority. Alcoholics or substance abusers, for instance, fear doctors since they believe doctors will make them confront their addictive issues.

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Treatments for Iatrophobia

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
    Habit Strategies To Relax
    Cognitive Therapy (CT)
    In Vivo Exposure
    Response Prevention
    Hypnotherapy
    Group Therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Energy Psychology
    Medication
    Meditation

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