Nobody looks forward to visiting the doctor or ruining a perfect afternoon at the clinic discussing ailments. But has the thought of hospital beds ever made you sweat copious buckets of sweat? Would you rather bear the throbbing migraine than let a pill slip between your lips? It seems like you don't have a mild aversion, but a full-blow fear of hospitals, doctors and medicines. Here are some interesting medical phobias that can turn people into a blob of frightened mess!
Latrophobia: When it comes to our doctors, we trust them with our lives, quite literally. But not everyone would share your sentiments. Doctors sometimes inspire a lot of fear in people suffering from latrophobia or, quite simply, the fear of doctors!
Nosocomephobia: Hospitals can sometimes be eerie looking sometimes, especially with their white walls, smell of disinfectants and the sight of sickly people. Nosocomephobia (derived from nosokomeion Greek word for hospital) is the irrational fear of hospitals and all that it stands for: illness, death and a loss of control over one's own life. US president Richard Nixon was to have suffered from this condition.
Nosophobia: Tired of hearing about how plastics could cause hormonal imbalance and how cell phone usage could cause tumours inside your head? This could lead to the fear of contracting a scary disease, otherwise known as nosophobia. There's no escaping it these days! Constant hysteria about health from different media outlets is making us more and more nosophobic.
Mysophobia: Do you know someone who disinfects his hands, door knobs, cups, table tops, spectacles, spoons, plates or everything he comes in physical contact with? If the hand sanitiser his best friend, the person may have a pathological fear of germs and contamination, otherwise known as mysophobia.
Heamatophobia: We have may have all heard someone fainting at the sight of their own or other's blood. Those unfortunate souls suffer from something known as heamatophobia or irrational fear of blood. The sight of blood serves as a reminder of their vulnerability or mortality, which makes them go pale with fear.
Trypanophobia: Even the bravest among us will flinch if the doctor were to brandish a sinister-looking syringe. That's the effect needles have on us. But for some people, the fear is too much to handle. Just the mere mention of needles can cause them to develop dizziness, breathlessness or palpitations.
Cephalgiaphobia: Ask anyone who's had a migraine how it feels like and you'd know why cephalgiaphobia is justified. Some people are so traumatised by painful episodes of headaches that the fear the return of the ache during a pain-free period. This irrational fear is called as cephalgiaphobia.
Tomophobia: Tomophobia is the fear or surgical procedures of impending surgeries. While it is natural to be worried about surgical procedures, those suffering from tomophobia take this fear to a bizarre level. People suffering from this phobia sometimes refuse going through major life-saving operations just because they can't handle the anxiety and dread associated with them.
Pharmacophobia: Hate taking pills? We don't blame you. But does the sight of medicines cause panic attacks and anxiety? You have pharmacophobia, the fear of pills and medicines.
Thanatophobia: Is there anyone among us who can claim that he doesn't fear death? There's probably nothing irrational about the fear of death. It is a natural response that aids self preservation. However, when the fear hinders your day-to-day activities, limiting your from living your life and preventing contact with people, then we have a problem. This exaggerated fear of dying and death is known as thanatophobia.