What is Carcinophobia and How to Treat It?

Published: 19th August 2009
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There are a lot of people in this world who suffer from some types of phobia. A phobia is an irrational fear of an object, place or situation. One of the most common phobias is the fear of cancer. People who suffer from carcinophobia experience an unnatural amount of fear that can take over their lives. The fear is associated with being sick or dying. People can develop this type of phobia after watching someone close die from cancer or if cancer runs in their family. They are constantly worried about getting sick and it turns into an anxiety disorder that is beyond control.



Sufferers of carcinophobia often react differently. Some of them make frequent visits to the doctor to confirm that they are not sick or dying. On the other hand, some will avoid going to see a doctor at all cost because they are afraid that their worst fears will be recognized and that they will be diagnosed with some type of cancer. While most people with phobias manage them by avoiding the causes, people with carcinophobia cannot. It is triggered by the sufferer's thoughts. This can keep the person in a constant state of anxiety and causing panic attacks.



There are many treatments available with this phobia. Therapy and anti-anxiety medication are the most common treatments. While both of these treatments are good ones, the therapy can take an extreme amount of time, and all medication does is lessen the anxiety portion. Hypnotherapy is also a treatment that is available for people with the fear of cancer as well as any other phobia. It provides lasting results and takes a shorter time for the patient to see some results than other treatments.



A traditional hypnosis uses a direct command or post hypnotic suggestion and is good if the person suffering is open to the suggestions. People who suffer from deeply rooted phobias such as carcinophobia usually require Ericksonian hypnotherapy. This hypnosis usually includes relaxation therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming. This technology doesn't rely on the post hypnotic suggestion. It uses the same thought patterns that cause the problem, to eliminate it on a subconscious level.



This fear is serious but can be treated using the techniques above. NLP is one of the leading treatments because it treats the root of the problem along with all the symptoms. These techniques can be used to treat anyone with any kind of phobia, especially those like carcinophobia and eliminate their fears forever.





The author's website offers information about Chest Pain Caused By Anxiety and Hemophobia, the fear of blood.

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