Fears - Phobias

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Fear Of Hospitals - Hospital Phobia

Help, Therapy and Treatment

Hospital phobia can be defined as a fear of hospitals that is persistent, abnormal, and unreasonable. This is not about not liking hospitals; after all, no one likes hospitals. This is about a fear that causes serious, incapacitating distress.

A lot of therapies on offer involve months of your time, and can involve exposing you over and over again to your fear of hospitals. The time and the pain are unnecessary. If you receive the right kind of help you can be free of this phobia after two or three hours work.

You can find a new perspective that lets you visit hospitals quite comfortably; you can discover tellingly clear ways to think about them; and you can contact new ways of dealing smoothly with hospitals.

Fear of hospitals

Most people do not like visiting hospital, and no one wants to have to enter as a patient. This is all very reasonable because even though marvelous treatments are available and people are cured of serious illness, and life saving surgery takes place there, and babies are born there, these buildings also contain people who are ill, people who are in severe pain and distress; some people die there. So people are uneasy about the idea of going to hospital.

Hospital phobia is far more than feeling uneasy. If you suffer from this ‘terror’ then you do not go to these places for treatment, it is too painful. You may even be unable to visit someone you love whilst they are in hospital. The feelings of dread stop you doing all this. You may feel angry with yourself, guilty about it and blame yourself for being inadequate or stupid. But it is simply the phobia that has you in its grip and dominates your behaviour.

Associated problems

If you have a fear of hospitals you may be aware of some of the serious problems that can affect you. You may be unable to get vital medical treatment, or be so distressed whilst in hospital that it affects that treatment. Or you may be unable to visit someone in hospital. The anxiety that results can have adverse effects on your health. You may have wondered, “Why this is happening to me? How did this start?”

Rapid learning

At some time in the past, there may well have been an event in your life that resulted in you making a connection between hospitals and emotional trauma. It may have happened to you, or it may have happened to someone you know. It might even have been an emotional movie or on TV, or something overheard.

Whatever the event, a conditioned response has been set up: you have ‘learned’, incredibly quickly, hospitals are dangerous. And this response was set up to protect you by creating a fear that would keep you away from that dangerous hospital forever. From that moment on you acquired an automatic pattern of behaviour, and it keeps you away from hospitals.

Strategies that work

Whatever the cause, the cure is to neutralize this accidentally learned response by re-patterning your automatic thoughts about hospitals. And since you learned very quickly how to be afraid of hospitals, you have the ability to quickly learn to be unafraid of hospitals.


NLP techniques, such as the Fast Phobia Cure, are highly effective in dealing with most aspects of phobias and you can easily learn to use them. We are there to ensure you apply them correctly, and to choose the techniques most likely to suit you. And there is a whole range of other approaches from hypnotherapy that are very helpful. They all share some characteristics; they are rapid, highly successful, and deal directly with the automated responses that constitute the phobia.

How long will it take to lose my phobia?

Because of this powerful combination of NLP and hypnotherapy we expect you to find your phobia has ceased for good in one or two one-hour sessions.