Tomophobia is a social phobia of medical procedures while medical fears are defined as fears of any experience involving medical procedure or personnel while evaluating or modifying a person’s health status in a traditional health care setting. These fears can include fears for medical equipment such as syringes and needles.
Symptoms of these fears are described as heart palpitations, nausea, chest pain, difficulty with breathing or rapid breathing, dizziness, weakness, perspiration, feeling faint, dry mouth and throat, blurry vision, impaired hearing and shivering.
As with all fears, there is no comprehensive specific cause for a fear of medical procedures. The cause of these fears will vary from person to person based on their individual experience in life. There is no known extraneous cause for these conditions.
Treating this condition is relatively easy with hypnotherapy. Experiencing medical fear is a learned behaviour. Hypnotherapy recognises that no-one is born with a fear of medical procedures and the cause for everyone will be specific to each client.
Hypnotherapy strives to help each individual client understand the specific cause for their medical fear. Understanding the cause of the fear alone often eases the condition. Once understood the fear needs to be resolved. This is a learning experience and as easy as it is to create a fear, it’s as easy to resolve it. Hypnotherapy is essentially a method for learning rapidly.