Overcoming Medical Phobias: How to Conquer Fear of Blood, Needles, Doctors, and Dentists

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New Harbinger Publications, Mar 3, 2006 - Self-Help - 176 pages
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Overcome Your Fear of Doctors, Blood, Needles, and More-You Can Do It!

Does even the thought of a visit to the doctor's office start your heart racing? You're not alone. Some 30 million of us have a significant fear of doctors, dentists, medical procedures, blood, needles, and so forth. These fears might already have inconvenienced you, but if you're avoiding necessary medical attention, you could be putting yourself in great physical danger.

But you don't have to live with these fears anymore. This book can help you overcome your medical phobia, maybe in less time that you ever thought possible. Start by learning about your fears, where they might come from, what factors influence them, and how you can best prepare to overcome them. Then you'll gradually and safely confront your specific fears. The book also includes information about avoiding relapse so you can maintain your progress, as well as steps for helping someone you care about who suffers from a medical phobia.

  • Learn about your fears, how they may have begun, and the methods used to treat them
  • Prepare for treatment, either on your own or with the help of a professional
  • Explore exposure-based strategies for overcoming your fears
  • Learn strategies to prevent fainting
  • Plan relapse-prevention strategies to maintain your progress
  • Engage your family and friends as sources of support

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    Contents

    Introduction
    1
    About Blood Injectionand Medical Phobias
    9
    What Causes Blood Injection and Medical Phobias?
    25
    Developing a Hierarchy
    37
    Preparing for Treatment
    53
    Confronting your Fear
    71
    Preventing Fainting
    101
    Changing Your Thoughts
    115
    Staying Well
    133
    For the Helper
    145
    References
    157
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    Martin M. Antony, PhD, is professor of psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, and director of research at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph's Healthcare in Hamilton, ON. He is also president-elect of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has published twenty-four books and more than 100 scientific papers and book chapters in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy and anxiety disorders. He has received early career awards from the Society of Clinical Psychology (American Psychological Association), the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, and is a fellow of the American and Canadian Psychological Associations. He is past president of the Anxiety Disorders Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) and has been program chair for the ABCT annual convention. He is actively involved in clinical research in the area of anxiety disorders, teaching, and education, and maintains a clinical practice. Visit him online at www.martinantony.com.

    Mark A. Watling, MD, is staff psychiatrist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph's Healthcare and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University, both in Hamilton, ON.

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