Thursday, April 4, 2019

Ways To Deal With Hospital Anxiety

Very few people like hospitals. Unless you have chosen to work in one, there is usually no positive reason for being in one – you or someone you know and love will be unwell or injured in some way.

It’s common for people to experience some form of anxiety when they know they need to go to a hospital, whether for their own health needs or to visit someone there. For some people, this anxiety can cause big problems, meaning that they stay away from hospitals as much as possible. Their health can suffer as a result. However, there are some useful tips on how to deal with hospital anxiety if you suffer from it, such as the three outlined below.

Build Trust

One of the big issues that some people have with hospitals is that they find it difficult to trust the doctors and nurses within it. This fear might stem from a medical error in the past that required to make a claim. Even if it didn’t get that far, believing that a doctor made a mistake somewhere or didn’t tell the full story can cause significant trust issues.

If this is the case, spend time getting to know the medical professionals working on your case or who are involved in the ward that you are visiting. Arrange appointments to meet with them and ask them questions. Doing so should go some way to easing your anxiety.

Home From Home

By taking small home comforts into the hospital with you, you can make yourself feel safe and secure. It could be your favourite music, or perhaps a book that you love. Photos are a great idea and make a good talking point with other patients (who can help to dispel your fears about hospitals themselves) and even the medical staff.

Think about what you enjoy doing at home and see if you can bring something of that into the hospital. From books and music to sketchbooks and pencils or a well-loved cuddly toy, whatever helps you feel at ease should be with you.

Bring Someone With You

Part of the fear of hospitals can be due to the unknown, and if you have to face that on your own, it can feel even more terrifying. Try to bring someone with you whenever you have to go into hospital – no matter what the reason – and they will be able to help you to keep calm. Even if you are just visiting, having someone with you to guide you through the process and help you get where you need to be can be extremely useful. They don’t have to come into the patient’s room or ward with you but can help you up until that point.

Once the visit or procedure is over, the friend you brought with you can be a great sounding board as well, listening to your problems and helping you to talk through them. This can be an excellent way to get the issues you are feeling off your chest.

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