Ergasiophobia- Fear of work or functioning. Surgeon’s fear of operating

An exaggerated or irrational fear of or aversion to work is called Ergasiophobia. Most sufferers are surprised to learn that they are far from alone in this surprisingly common, although often unspoken, phobia. Ergasiophobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger and it is feeling of undue anxiety in the workplace. For surgeons, this is the fear of operating, which is what they actually do for a living.

This phobia usually develops after a traumatic experience. For instance, a surgeon might have a patient dying at the operating table, which was bound to happen and was out of the surgeon’s control yet he blamed himself for the incident or found himself faced with a lawsuit because of the said incident. He might have also had to have an emergency surgery and missed his child’s recital and his child ended up hating him for it thus the possible trigger of the phobia.

While adults with ergasiophobia realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety. Symptoms include panic, terror, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, tremors, and anxiety.

Overcoming ergasiophobia includes engaging in therapy sessions. One of the recommended therapies are psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, behavioural and exposure therapy.