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Columbus, MS
A 17-year-old female asked:

I have a huge fear of needles. and with my first physical coming up, i know they will have to take blood. anyway to get rid of this fear?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Fear of needles: Trypanophobia = fear of needles. For Phobias 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.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 16 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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Last updated Sep 29, 2016


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