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A 42-year-old member asked:

What to do if i have needle phobia and would love some help?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
You aren't alone.: Believe it or not, about 10% of the population shares a fear of needles (or other sharp objects). This is an important issue since you will likely need blood draws at different times through out your life. I would encourage you to see a clinical psychologist in your area who practices cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt). There are other types of treatment available but cbt has a good track record.
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Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 15 years experience
CBT for some works: In contrast to other forms of psychotherapy, cognitive therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited, and more problem-solving oriented. In addition, patients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. These skills involve identifying distorted thinking, modifying beliefs, relating to others in different ways, and changing behaviors.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

What should I do if I have a very very bad needle phobia! help please!?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
The big picture: Getting with a therapist will help and this can usually be done quickly. In addition to guided exposure and desensitization, think about the purpose of getting an injection. The positive impact on your health is there for any reasonable person to understand -- but take it a step further, and think how much your health matters to the people who love you. As someone once said, "love casts out fear.".
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Dr. Kathryn Akin
undefined 38 years experience
Hypnosis/self hypnosis can be very helpful. Try to find a hypnotherapist who is certified by ASCH (American Society for clinical hypnosis).
Dec 7, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Provided original answer
That's good advice Dr. Akin. This is a useful skill for anyone. Learn to monitor your breathing as well.
Dec 7, 2013

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