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severe needle phobia. going in for a blood test.draw blood from my leg instead of arm? idk why but i associate needles with arms and i get more scared

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Needle phobia: It's possible to recover from needle phobia through cognitive behavioral therapy with a skilled psychologist. Drawing blood from your leg could be done, but may be more complicated for you. I suggest consulting a psychologist so you can overcome your fear rather than giving in to it.
Answered on Dec 19, 2013
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable.
Answered on Mar 19, 2015

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