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Needle Phobia Treatment and Counselling for Adults and Children

Anxiety counselling and treatment for needle phobia
    Fear of the dentist and anaesthetic injections?
        Do you avoid vaccinations and blood work?
            Simple, effective treatment available now!

Needle Phobia

Find Relief from the Terror of Needle Phobia (Text Only Page)


If you are needle phobic, please read with caution!
Trypanophobia is the correct term, and is the extreme and irrational fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles. The name that is in common usage is simply needle phobia.

The condition was officially recognized in 1994 in the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, 4th edition) as a specific phobia of blood/injection/injury type. Phobic level responses to injections cause sufferers to avoid inoculations, blood tests and in the more severe cases, any medical care at all.

It is estimated that at least 10% of adults have a needle phobia, and it is likely that the actual number is larger, as the most severe cases are never documented due to the tendency of the sufferer to simply avoid all medical treatment.

According to Dr. James Hamilton, author of the pioneering paper on needle phobia, it is likely that the form of needle phobia that is genetic has some basis in evolution, given that thousands of years ago humans who meticulously avoided stab wounds and other incidences of pierced flesh would have a greater chance of survival.

Because of the increasing importance placed on pre-diagnosis blood testing and the reliance on mass vaccination for public health, needle phobia is a condition that is becoming more and more of an issue with modern medical practice. This makes the problems of needle phobia a health care issue that must be addressed.

For many needle phobics, going to hospital or the doctors surgery to get a cut like this one stitched would be impossible. Of course, the potential consequences of not receiving adequate treatment for a deep cut can be quite severe, even life threatening.

How can I tell if I've got a needle phobia?
  • You may have had a needle fear that you recognize as unreasonable, since childhood.
  • Exposure to anything to do with needles triggers immediate anxiety, panic attacks, crying, freezing or clinging.
  • Any procedure that involves a needle or medical procedure is avoided, even to the detriment of health.
  • Avoiding anything to do with needles occupies a great deal of time and interferes with work, schooling, social activities or health care.
There are several types of needle phobia
Vaso-vagal Trypanophobia - This is potentially the most dangerous. Although most specific phobias stem from the individual themselves, the most common type of trypanophobia, affecting 50% of trypanophobes, is an inherited reflex. Approximately 80% of trypanophobes report that a relative within the first degree exhibits the same disorder.

People who suffer from the vaso-vagal type, fear the sight, thought or feeling of needles or needle-like objects. The primary symptom of vaso-vagal trypanophobia is fainting due to a decrease of blood pressure. Other symptoms include feeling faint, sweating, nausea, pallor, tinnitus, panic attacks and initially high blood pressure and heart rate followed by a plunge in both at the moment of injection.

Although most phobias are dangerous to some degree, trypanophobia is one of the few that actually kills. In cases of severe trypanophobia, the drop in blood pressure caused by the vaso-vagal shock reflex may cause death.

Most conventional treatments are based around desensitization, or the progressive exposure of the patient to gradually more frightening stimuli, thus allowing them to become desensitized to the stimulus that triggers the phobic response.

And, most of the time this is a good strategy when combined with relaxation techniques, emotional crescendo reduction techniques and diversion techniques. Whilst it is important to treat all types of needle phobia with due diligence, it is as well to remember it is very important to do this with the utmost care in the case of the vaso-vagal type of sufferer.

Associative Trypanophobia is the second most common type of trypanophobia, affecting 30% of needle phobics. This type of trypanophobia is the classic specific phobia in which a traumatic event such as an extremely painful medical procedure or witnessing a family member or friend undergo such, causes the patient to associate all procedures involving needles with the original negative experience.

This form of trypanophobia causes symptoms that are primarily psychological in nature, such as extreme unexplained anxiety, insomnia, preoccupation with the coming procedure and panic attacks.

Treatment for associative needle phobia mainly involves disassociation from the original stimulus. Other forms of treatment that can be effective for this form of needle phobia include cognitive therapy, hypnosis, emotion based therapy (for which I use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)), and/or the administration of anti-anxiety medications.

Resistive Trypanophobia occurs when the underlying fear involves not simply needles or injections but also being controlled or restrained. It typically stems from repressive upbringing or poor handling of prior needle procedures i.e with forced physical or emotional restraint. This form of trypanophobia affects around 20% of needle phobes. Symptoms of this form of trypanophobia include combativeness, high heart rate coupled with extremely high blood pressure, violent resistance, avoidance and flight.

On a personal note, as a child I remember the school dentist physically holding down a classroom buddy to force a needle into his gums, while he screamed at the top of his voice. His parents also complied and took part in this restraint. I wonder now, after treating patients with needle phobia for nearly 20 years, whether my friend Robert, ever needed to seek treatment himself, or if in the grand scheme of things, he might end up at my practice looking for help.

You've probably guessed it, as this type of needle phobia is often emotion based, there is good reason to use emotion therapy here, such as EFT.

Hyperalgesic Trypanophobia is another form of trypanophobia that does not have as much to do with fear of the actual needle. Patients with this form of trypanophobia have an inherited hypersensitivity to pain, or hyperalgesia. To them, the pain of an injection is unbearably great and many cannot understand how anyone can tolerate such procedures.

This form of trypanophobia affects around 10% of needle phobes. The symptoms of this form of trypanophobia include extreme explained anxiety, and elevated blood pressure and heart rate at the immediate point of needle penetration or seconds before.

Treatment
Most people, when asked, know their needle phobia is irrational. Most can also pinpoint a time when they first had a bad experience with needles, either in hospital, a doctor's surgery or at the dentist. Something happened that sent the conscious mind into a panic about life or death, and this became hard-wired into the subconscious as a reason to be worried.

Because we think a certain way, whenever the same situation arises again, we become angry, sad, fearful, panicky, anxious. Our mind thinks the worst and makes provision. It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The WIDE AWAKE treatment for this often ignored problem
I call this 'The Wide Awake Treatment', because it seems to me all other therapists I come across who specialize in this want to put you to sleep, or hypnotise you, or get you involved with some other trance like regression technique.

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has proven to be a very effective strategy for eliminating many types of fear and phobia. To help you conquer your needle phobia without drugs and break the cycle of panic and avoidance, contact The Haven Healing Centre on 01934 740275 to find out how.

In Addition: I'd like to invite anyone who is anxious about having accidentally received a needle stick injury to make an appointment and give my Counselling Service a try. If you live in any of the towns and villages in the panel below this article, you are well within a 2-40 minute drive of The Haven Healing Centre, and I will do everything I can to help you with this problem.

Please call Phil Chave on 01934 740275 to make your appointment or to talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs.

Don't wait. Make your appointment today. You'll be glad you did!

Best Wishes from Phil
P.S. If you or someone you know has a needle phobia, and it's destroying their lives, send them the link to this page, get them to pick up the phone and give me a call. Let's put an end to it RIGHT NOW! You can do EFT right alongside your current treatment, even over the phone, and it will do no harm, neither will your treatments interfere with one another.
List of Phobias: Acrophobia Aerophobia Agoraphobia Agraphobia Ailurophobia Algophobia Anthropophobia Aphephobia Apiphobia Aquaphobia Arachnophobia Astraphobia Autophobia Aviatophobia Aviophobia Batrachophobia Bathophobia Biphobia Brontophobia Cainophobia Cainotophobia Cenophobia Centophobia Chemophobia Chiroptophobia Claustrophobia Contreltophobia Coulrophobia Cynophobia Dentophobia Eisoptrophobia Emetophobia Entomophobia Ephebiphobia Equinophobia Ergophobia Erotophobia Genophobia Gephyrophobia Gerascophobia Gerontophobia Glossophobia Gymnophobia Gynophobia Hamaxophobia Haphophobia Hapnophobia Haptephobia Haptophobia Heliophobia Hemophobia Heterophobia Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia Hoplophobia Ichthyophobia Insectophobia Keraunophobia Kymophobia Lipophobia Monophobia Murophobia Musophobia Mysophobia Necrophobia Neophobia Nomophobia Nosophobia Nyctophobia Ochophobia Odontophobia Ophidiophobia Ornithophobia Osmophobia Panphobia Paraskavedekatriaphobia Pediaphobia Pediophobia Pedophobia Phagophobia Phasmophobia Phonophobia Photophobia Psychophobia Pteromechanophobia Radiophobia Ranidaphobia Somniphobia Spectrophobia Suriphobia Taphophobia Technophobia Tetraphobia Thalassophobia Tokophobia Tonitrophobia Trichophobia Triskaidekaphobia Trypanophobia Xenophobia Zoophobia

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