When Dorothea Lack was a little girl, she hid under a doctor's desk to avoid
a vaccination. Undaunted, the doctor crawled under the desk and vaccinated her
then and there. Lack said the incident provoked a fear of doctors that followed
her into adulthood. "I didn't feel I could trust them," says Lack, PhD,
now a psychologist who performs research on doctor-patient relations.
It's a rare soul who truly enjoys visiting the doctor. But for a significant
minority of the population, fear and anxiety...
Whether you have any health problems, including
problems with your heart or lungs, thyroid gland, or blood sugar
Whether anyone in your family has ever had depression,
severe anxiety, excessive fears (phobias), episodes of panic, or problems with
their heart, lung, thyroid gland, or blood sugar levels.
If the health professional suspects that you have severe anxiety,
excessive fears, or episodes of panic, he or she may ask you more specific
questions about your symptoms, including rating how much you are bothered by
them. The health professional may also ask you to keep a diary of your
symptoms. The diary may include listing what you were doing just before you
experienced symptoms, the thoughts you had, your specific physical symptoms,
and how long the symptoms last.
The health professional may also want to talk with family members and
people close to you about your symptoms.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
July 11, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 11, 2011
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