Never before has getting an injection been so commonplace and so needed, but one in ten of the population has a specific fear of needles. Are you one of those whose fear could be stopping you getting vaccinated? Failing to tackle this could place you at risk of getting Covid-19 and being hospitalised. Ironically, this might mean having to have even more injections in hospital to help save your life.
What is needle phobia?
Needle phobia, known scientifically as Trypanophobia, can in more extreme varieties, cause fainting either before or after an injection. Like many phobias, just the thought of having an injection can be enough to trigger a vasovagal event, as it’s known in medical circles.
A vasovagal event works like this: seeing or thinking about an injection or needle causes your heart rate to increase and your blood pressure goes up. This can cause sweating, nausea, stomach cramps or panic attacks. At the point of injection, or sometimes before, your blood pressure drops, causing dizziness or fainting. Having this happen to you is unpleasant in itself, so people can start fearing the reaction to having an injection, as well as the injection itself.
How to beat your fear of injections
If you suffer from needle phobia, you are not alone. You may have avoided having injections up until now, but perhaps you’re thinking about having the covid vaccination. There’s good news: a needle phobia is very treatable with hypnotherapy, combined with a simple relaxation and tension method which you can easily learn.
If you’d like to talk to someone who understands how you might be feeling, knows about phobias and can get you on the path to dealing with your fears, get in touch with me now through the contact form or give me a call.