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Old 01-02-2018, 09:56 AM   #1
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Anyone have experience with getting treatment for a phobia? I would like to get treatment but don’t know where to turn. My phobia is of doctors (iatrophobia) and I hate how it affects my life. Thank you
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Hello Blue: I see this is your first post here on PC. So... welcome to PsychCentral! I hope you find the time you spend here to be of benefit.

Here are links to some articles from PsychCentral's archives that may be of some interest:

https://psychcentral.com/disorders/t...nt-of-phobias/

https://psychcentral.com/disorders/a...bia-treatment/

https://psychcentral.com/lib/facts-about-phobias/

https://psychcentral.com/library/phobias_tx.htm

One other thing that may be of interest... family therapist, Kati Morton, has a video on her YouTube channel with regard to Exposure Therapy. Here's a link to that video:

https://youtu.be/mlJy85EQrCI

I don't know, of course, if you're here simply seeking advice with regard to this particular concern or if you plan to hang in here with us. However, should you be planning to continue on... may I suggest you introduce yourself over on PC's New Member Introductions forum? Here's a link:

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I had CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) as conducted by a psychiatrist. I gained skills and mechanisms to cope with my anxieties and fears.

One thing that was impacting my life negatively was my fear to go out in public.

In addition to the CBT the psychiatrist used 'exposure' therapy to treat this phobia.

Basically, she directed me to go to the grocery store a half hour later each week. She even met me there and took me for coffee as a reward (and likely to force me to be around people in a busy cafe).

I still have thoughts that people are constantly judging and criticising me but these thoughts have less impact on my decision to leave the house. And, combined with coping mechanisms gained through the CBT, it makes life easier.

Is it all doctors you fear I ask? Or does this pertain only to general practitioners?

If you are able, seek professional mental healthcare.

CBT can be done from the comfort of your own home if a visit is troublesome for you. There is plenty of written material on the subject. Find yourself a good book - preferably a workbook. Most are designed around a 12wk program. It is important you make a commitment to actually do the work.

Exposure therapy. I believe you can actually accomplish this. Perhaps start with a walk by the doctor's office. Next go inside. Initiate then a conversation with the receptionist/assistants. Let them know of your discomfort and ask if it is possible to simply meet with the doctor. At this time be honest about your fear. If they are a good doctor they will take this into account and try to be comforting. They may then schedule a cursory exam before something more in depth.

I hope all works out. Let us know.
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I had CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) as conducted by a psychiatrist. I gained skills and mechanisms to cope with my anxieties and fears.

One thing that was impacting my life negatively was my fear to go out in public.

In addition to the CBT the psychiatrist used 'exposure' therapy to treat this phobia.

Basically, she directed me to go to the grocery store a half hour later each week. She even met me there and took me for coffee as a reward (and likely to force me to be around people in a busy cafe).

I still have thoughts that people are constantly judging and criticising me but these thoughts have less impact on my decision to leave the house. And, combined with coping mechanisms gained through the CBT, it makes life easier.

Is it all doctors you fear I ask? Or does this pertain only to general practitioners?

If you are able, seek professional mental healthcare.

CBT can be done from the comfort of your own home if a visit is troublesome for you. There is plenty of written material on the subject. Find yourself a good book - preferably a workbook. Most are designed around a 12wk program. It is important you make a commitment to actually do the work.

Exposure therapy. I believe you can actually accomplish this. Perhaps start with a walk by the doctor's office. Next go inside. Initiate then a conversation with the receptionist/assistants. Let them know of your discomfort and ask if it is possible to simply meet with the doctor. At this time be honest about your fear. If they are a good doctor they will take this into account and try to be comforting. They may then schedule a cursory exam before something more in depth.

I hope all works out. Let us know.
Thank you. I plan to see a psychiatrist about this. I think that’s something I will be able to handle.
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If you choose to, test for yourself with a trained therapist for treatment of phobia. It can be rewarding especially if it seems a little invaladating to someone else.
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If you choose to, test for yourself with a trained therapist for treatment of phobia. It can be rewarding especially if it seems a little invaladating to someone else.
Thank you. Can I ask what you mean by “invalidating”?
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