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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 25 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.
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 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 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do about my needle phobia?

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Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Relax imagine: Simple phobias can be very effectively treated with behavioral techniques of relaxation and imagery usually using a progressive hierarchy. Sometimes distraction helps. Clinical and health psychologist, medical psychologist often have a great deal of experience dealing with a variety of medical phobias.
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A 15-year-old female asked:

How to overcome needle phobia?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
CBT: Cognitive behavioral therapy would be an excellent approach to your fear of needles. Take care.
A 44-year-old member asked:

I have severe needle phobia and I have a dentists appointment coming up. How do I overcome this?

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Dr. Barbara Lavi
Clinical Psychology 35 years experience
There are a few : Techniques that can work fairly quickly. Cognitive behavioral therapy using progressive desensitization (learning to relax ; then imagining the phobic event from least to most anxiety provoking image while relaxed. I usually do this using hypnosis as a relaxation technique, but you can use other relaxation methods. Find a therapist ; you will be able to get relief fairly quickly.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
Dentist can also apply topical anesthetic to gum first, so you won't feel the needle stick
Dec 10, 2013
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 44 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.".
Dr. Kathryn Akin
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 37 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 44 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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