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Helloo. i am 33 years old. am affraid to take blood test. i take half pill of zoloft (sertraline) per day since two years for anxiety. and i smoke moderately?

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Dr. Joan Kinlan
Psychiatry 52 years experience
Maybe take a friend: Many people are afraid of blood tests and it could help to have company. Be sure the person who accompanies you is brave and will hol your hand if you want it.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Learn More About!: 3-5% of population estimated 2 suffer from needle phobia-"trypanophobia." it's poorly understood & its impact underestimated. Prevents many from seeking medical &/or dental care. Phobias generally cause heart rate & BP to rise + feelings of panic. But trypanophobia causes heart rate & BP to fall + fainting. Learn more & call 1) lab & ask how they handle this; &2) anxiety expert 4 help managing.

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Last updated Dec 19, 2017

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