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A 30-year-old member asked:

how do i overcome my intense fear of needles (shots)?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Counseling: It may help to see a psychiatrist or psychologist for counseling.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Phobia tx: consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy (imaginal exposure therapy, systematic desensitization, flooding, prolonged exposure therapy, in vivo exposure therapy) or hypnosis as possible options. Psychotropic medications are some times indicated as well.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
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.

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A 39-year-old member asked:

Irrational fear of needles and shots- can I ever overcome it? What about taking a pill before each shot visit?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Fear of needles: If the fear is there, it is usually automatic. You are not really in control of it, so plan appropriately. For some people numbing medicines like Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) cream eliminate the pain and gets rid of the fear. Sometimes the fear is not about the pain, and a sedative or anti-anxiety medication may help. For most people it is not worth the trouble or expense to do formal phobia desensitization techniques.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I overcome my intense fear of needles?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Difficulty to do: Phobias and fears are often misunderstood by others. I have fear of needles and heights. It is not rational! it is real, can be immobilizing and emotionally painful. Desensitization may take a long time and needs to be by someone skilled and cautious. Maybe having the patient assist in the puncture may help. This can be done. May need professional help. Don't force the issue however.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What could cause my intense fear of needles (shots)?

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Dr. Seth Kunen
Clinical Psychology 45 years experience
What's excessive?: Nobody likes shots. Phobias grow as avoidance of the feared event increases. Perhaps your fears have caused you to exaggerate the pain associated with shots. The fears can go away quickly. I treated a person with shot phobias who shortly after starting treatment was dx'd with diabetes. He had to start giving himself Insulin shots and lost his shot phobia in about one week. Quick cure!
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can I get over fear of needles?

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Dr. Alison Segal
General Practice 19 years experience
CBT : Systematic desensitization is a specific type of behavior therapy that is very helpful to individuals to overcome fears. It involves gradual exposure to the feared stimulus while teaching a person to be able to be able to acclimate to their own feelings of fear. Contact a licensed psychologist trained in cognitive behavioral therapy for this type of treatment.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What to do about my fear of needles?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
It can be conquered.: Cognitive behavioral therapy can be quite effective for phobias.

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