What Is Nosocomephobia?
Nosocomephobia is the fear of Hospital. Many people who have hospital phobia are also afraid of doctors (or suffer “white coat syndrome,” during which blood pressure rises at the doctor’s office). However, nosocomephobia can also occur alone.
Some people are afraid of the building itself, others of what it represents. In this case, the choice of facilities can make a difference in your level of anxiety. Newer designs, for example, incorporate peaceful colors, spa-like facilities, and such patient comforts as Internet access and private rooms with beds for loved ones. Surprisingly, many insurance providers will pay for either type of hospital, so check with your insurance provider.
Although the fear of hospitals is understandable, after all, hospitals are by definition where people go when they are very ill or injured, if left untreated, it can interfere with getting the care you need. This is especially true if you or someone you love experiences a fear of hospitals along with other medical phobias, including:
- Mysophobia or Germaphobia fear of germs
- Hemophobia, fear of blood
- Thanatophobia, fear of death
- Hypochondriasis, fear that existing physical symptoms may be the result of an undiagnosed disease
- Nosophobia, fear of developing a specific disease such as cancer or diabetes
- Claustrophobia, fear of enclosed spaces. If you suffer from claustrophobia, you might dread CT scans, MRIs and other tests that require confinement.
- Trypanophobia (needle phobia), fear of needles
Nosocomephobia(fear of Hospital) or Normal Anxiety
Since it’s pretty normal to feel nervous before visiting a hospital, it can be difficult to tell whether your symptoms constitute a full-blown phobia. Only a qualified mental health professional can make this determination.
In general, however, someone with nosocomephobia may simply refuse to go to or enter a hospital, even in the case of major life-threatening conditions or events. Besides, they’ll realize the fear is irrational, but feel quite powerless to overcome it. Other signs that may signify a fear of hospitals include:
- Obsessive worrying
- A full-blown panic attack at the sight or thought of a hospital
- Feeling nauseated
- Elevated heart rate
- Shallow and rapid breathing
- Excessive sweating
- Avoidance behavior or refusing to go to the hospital
- Feelings of uncontrollable anxiety