How to end Blood and Needles Phobia
Blood and Needles Phobia
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Hemophobia Fear of Blood

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Blood and Needles Phobia

Fear of medical things

 

Fainting at the sight of blood

Fear of Blood phobia, or more exactly the Blood-Injection-Injury phobia, is different from all other phobias. With most phobias, some event triggers a Fear of bloodfight or flight reaction that in turn causes anxiety, fear, raised blood pressure and possible dizziness. In a client with fear of blood, the opposite happens. Instead of the usual increase in heart rate and increased blood pressure the person's heart rate and blood pressure falls. This makes them feel faint, and they may in fact lose control and faint.

The blood/needles/injury phobia is the only phobia that causes actual fainting, as opposed to just feeling faint. However, people can faint for other reasons. To be confident it is a blood phobia (Hemophobia) the fainting needs to have happened multiple times and be always associated with some medical event.

This phobia is believed to have a physiological component and tends to run in families. There is some doubt as to whether the tendency is genetic, or is a learned response from seeing other people react badly to blood, injection or injury.

 

Most people with this phobia try to avoid medical situations. The problem is of course, that like other phobias they develop an increased sensitivity. This means that even thinking about a medical procedure, or seeing one on TV will cause a reaction, and this then causes them to remember times when the lost it completely, which then makes them more anxious about losing control again, and they begin to panic and then to react to their own panic.

That cycle of fear then often develops into a social phobia. The person feels faint quite easily and develops a fear of the possibility of losing control and fainting in public, rather than fear of the blood itself. As the anxiety of looking stupid in public increases every little twinge sets off a feeling of alarm that feeds back on itself. This cycle can continue and grow until the person's life is quite severely affected. Very often the person is aware of their needle phobia or fear of blood, but have no idea that it is related to their social anxiety.

 

The treatment consists of isolating each phobia and dealing with them separately. The blood/injury phobia is the easiest to deal with. The solution is to teach the person to become aware of the onset of the symptoms, and how to keep their blood pressure up. This will prevent the faint from developing, and will show them that they can control their tendency to pass out. The phobia cannot be dealt with directly, but by controlling the symptoms, they can control their reaction. Once the client realizes that they actually can control what happens, this gives them a tremendous boost in self confidence. This in turn will stop the anxiety escalating every time something medical goes through their mind, and that in turn will reduce the tendency to over-react in future.

 

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