Dealing With Fear Of The Doctor In Adulthood

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Marleny Hucks
Marleny Hucks
Marlene (or Marleny as she is known in Spanish) is a mentor, teacher, cross-cultural trainer, storyteller, writer, and for those who have been under her leadership or simply sat across the table from her, she is a mirror of destiny. Her love of word and image were formed early on by one of her heroes, Dr. Seuss. If you asked those who know her well, they would describe her a compassionate, funny, wise, curious, honest, real, strong, sensitive and totally human which comes out as she teaches and writes. She sees all of life, even the most mundane, through faith and believes that who we become as we live this side of the veil is what matters not the journey itself or our circumstances. Marleny Hucks has spent her life crossing bridges. She comes from a diverse background of ministry roles and contexts as well as has transitioned in and out of the business world. Having lived outside the country as well as traveled extensively she has a fascination with culture causes her to live her life within a global mosaic no matter where her feet are planted. Marlene currently lives in South Carolina with her husband David, who owns a news company but who she says is a “crime fighter”, bringing light into darkness in their systems of their city. Marleny currently works as a content management specialist covering Myrtle Beach News for MyrtleBeachSC News.

Children are known for being afraid of going to a doctor or a dentist, but it’s not something that necessarily disappears in childhood. It’s common for children to be unable to let go of the fear that they feel for healthcare professionals, but it’s even more common for adults to carry that fear to their adulthood. Going to a dentist or a doctor can be a huge source of stress, and it’s not just about the major medical procedures, either. 

Phobias are intense fears, and some people have such a heavy fear that they can’t let it go. While there are ways for doctors to mitigate this in their healthcare marketing and their image, they need to do more to help people to alleviate their fears. A fear of healthcare professionals is normal but this phobia can manifest in a big way and prevent people from seeking help when they need it the most. Whether it’s the fear of needles or the fear of procedures, you have to get a handle on it so that you can get a handle on your health.

Some of the signs that you are afraid of the medicine that you are looking to get help with include things like canceling doctors appointments when you know you need them, or even self-treating when you need help but you cannot face the doctor. You should be able to go and get some help when you need it and if you are experiencing any of this, you should be speaking to a therapist or a professional about your fear – not easy when you’re scared of people in healthcare. So, how do you overcome it – or at least deal with it? Here are some of the ways that you can do exactly that:

  • Get as much support as possible. From friends and family members and therapists, you can find the best possible help out there. Therapists even over the phone can work with you to go through some tools to help you to cope with the fear. If they’re over the phone, it can make a big difference and ensure that you are getting help without having to physically see the person behind the call. The right support can help you to get through it much faster.
  • Bring someone with you. If you bring a friend with you to your doctor appointments, you can have physical support with you which can make a massive difference. The fear of healthcare professionals doesn’t just go away overnight, but you can get through this with their help.
  • Search for the right doctors. Getting a new healthcare professional or clinic provider is the right thing to do if you are afraid of your current one. You need to make sure that you gel as well as you can with the right doctor, as it can make a massive difference to the way that you feel.
  • Let the doctor know. If you tell the health professional that you are afraid of them, you’re going to be able to manage your fear better.

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