:: The Phobic Patient March 19, 2008Posted by Minci 先生 in Everyday Life, Medical School.
Tags: anxious, phobia, takut
There I was, sat on my chair behind my GP’s leathery seat in the quietest manner I could. I didn’t even dare to clear my throat as I listened to the conversation being exchanged between the patient and the doctor. I maintained eye contact with the patient as he intermittently shifts his gaze towards me, almost expecting me to nod my head in approval of his words, his almost cured dilemma.
Prior to the consultation, my GP had said..
“The next man coming in is a very anxious gentleman. He’s currently on CBT for his phobia..”
I ‘ehemm…’ and ‘ok..’ at the right cues before he finally said,
“He has a phobia for cough..”
“Cough?” I echoed, seeking clarification. I can be a bit deaf.
My GP let out a short chuckle before saying,”Yes, a coughing sound. So be careful not to cough…. or he might just get all anxious”
With that he wagged his index finger in a ‘no-no’ fashion before swinging back his very rich-looking chair to face the computer on his desk. If you dont know the ‘no-no’ fashion, I’ll show it to you once I get the chance.
I can understand agoraphobia, coulrophobia or ephebophobia … but a cough? I couldn’t find the exact phobia term for this and the closest I could gather is that he is a ligyrophobic. He who fears loud noises.
So just how much of detestment towards something qualifies it to be a phobia. I mean, a squirmish feeling towards maggots isnt really a phobia. Thats sissy. Lol.. akulah tuh. A true phobia is when;
there is irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, objects, activities, or persons
it is beyond ones control
it interferes with daily life
Therefore, since I can still look at maggots debriding a patients wound, I don’t exactly qualify as a phobic person. 😛
The gentleman who came to see my GP is currently under Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is a form of psychotherapy that basically ,
..lets the patient understand the cycle of negative thought patterns, and ways to change these thought patterns. CBT may be conducted in a group setting. Gradual desensitisation treatment and CBT are often successful, provided the patient is willing to endure some discomfort and to make a continuous effort over a long period of time..
I have yet to find out if he is on a concurrent desensitisation therapy but if he is, I simply couldn’t imagine how the session would be – with lots of coughs along the way. 😉