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How to Conquer Your Fear of Doctors

If you suffer from _iatrophobia_, a fear of physicians, these simple tips can help you realize a checkup isn't so terrifying after all.


  • : While this video is awesome, it didn't go to medical school. Always consult your doctor for actual medical advice.
  • Step 1: Remember: hot docs and nurses! The reason there are so many medical shows on TV is because doctors and nurses are hot! If making an appointment makes you queasy, just remember: Every checkup is a chance to check out the talent.
  • Step 2: Expose yourself Get comfortable with the concept by turning your home into an exam room. Disrobe and let your significant other examine your body thoroughly.
  • Step 3: Go to your happy place Actually make it to the exam room? Congratulations! Now picture yourself somewhere warm and comfortable. You’ll mentally overcome both your fear and the fact that you’re in a hospital gown.
  • TIP: Have a masseuse in your happy place. When the doctor touches you, it'll seem like a pleasant rubdown.
  • Step 4: Humanize your doctor During your visit, tell your doctor some personal, non-medical details. In return, they may share some of their own life story. They'll seem a lot less scary once you've heard about their bottle-cap collection.
  • TIP: Don't bring up golf. You want your doctor thinking about you, not the sand trap on the 15th hole.
  • Step 5: Talk it out Simply talking about fears can lessen activity in the amygdala, a part of the brain that serves as an alarm against danger and triggers negative feelings. So go ahead -- open up!
  • Step 6: Make your grandma proud Your grandmother always wanted you to marry a doctor -- think how happy she'll be when you call and tell her you're finally seeing one! Plus, the sooner you go in, the sooner you can leave with a lollipop!
  • FACT: In 2007, almost 18,000 students entered medical schools across the United States.

You Will Need

  • Partner
  • Imagination
  • Personal stories

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