Trypanophobia refers to the extreme fear of injections or hypodermic needles that many people experience. It is normal to feel some amount of discomfort when it comes to medical procedures involving injections. A trypanophobic however has such an extreme and irrational fear of injections that he/she either avoids any medical treatment or exhibits anxious or avoidance behavior.
It’s one of the more common phobias. Latest estimates suggest it could affect up to 10% of us. Even though it’s so common it wasn’t officially recognised as a phobia in the American Psychiatric Association Diagnostics and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV) in 1994 .
The actual definition is: an “extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections or needles”. It also goes by the common name of needle phobia.
Children are most affected by this condition. That’s simply explained by the fact they’re not yet used to the sensation of being pricked by a needle. Normally the fear subsides but there are those for whom it doesn’t and the fear of needles intensifies into adulthood.
No one need struggle with Trypanophobia or the fear of injections, there are fantastic treatment programs that really do work.
Although trypanophobia is simply defined as fear of injections, it can appear in several forms.
Vasovagal: People suffering this form of the phobia do not only fear the sight of needles, but also the thought and feeling of needles. This most common needle phobia type is vasovagal reflex action that has been inherited.
Associative: This is the second most commonly seen form among trypanophobics. A person develops the fear of injections either because of a traumatic event that he/she experienced or being witness to the suffering of a friend or family member during a medical procedure.
Resistive: This form of fear for needles occurs when the underlying apprehension is not related to needles alone but also because of repressive upbringing.
Hyperalgesic: People suffering from this form of trypanophobia typically have hypersensitivity to pain that is inherited.
Sometimes, a person suffering from this phobia may experience the symptoms of a vasovagal syncope and fainting when witnessing an injection procedure.
Some of the symptoms that a typanophobic exhibits when exposed to injections or needles may include:
The reaction may be automatic or uncontrollable.
You weren’t born with particular fears or anxiety – instead you have developed them along your life journey so far. In very simple terms Hypnotherapy works by re-setting the mind to produce the rational response to a specific situation or environment that you had before the phobia was initially triggered off. Find Out More >
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In simple terms Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT as it’s more commonly referrred to, is a talking therapy which takes your specific issue, fear or specific phobia and focusses on your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes and how they affect your behaviour and emotions in respect of this issue. It takes on the notion that your thoughts (cognition) creates emotions which, in turn, controls our reactions (behaviour). Find Out More >
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