Fears - Phobias

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Karen Slattery
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Needle phobia – fear of injections.

Help is at hand from NLP/Hypnotherapy

If you suffer from needle phobia then you will already be aware of the intense fear that this can evoke: you may simply avoid all situations likely to lead to use of needles; you may try to conquer the feelings and yet still feel unbearable panic symptoms; you might even faint at a certain point; some people even experience a physical collapse.

A major impact of needle phobia is that many sufferers prefer to take health risks, avoiding medical treatment rather than experience the phobia. One medical authority has stated that it affects about 10% of the population so badly that it leads them to avoid essential medical attention.

People do recover from this phobia, and you too can free yourself from this serious complaint. You can find yourself behaving as most people do, thinking of it as a minor unpleasantness, something you want over and done with in order to get the benefits available.

The phobia

There are many ways to experience this fear. Perhaps you are among those who are terrified by the images your imagination produces for you whenever you start to think about injections. Perhaps you tell yourself how bad it will be and remind yourself of previous bad experiences. Or perhaps you experience tangible, gut-wrenching fear.


People who have to carry this terror around with them can cope in various ways. They can take avoiding action, or summon up their will power. Facing the fear can lead to panic reactions and flight, or to fainting or to a serious physical collapse. Anyone with this phobia knows that will power is not the answer.

What makes it worse can be the response from medical professionals. They tend not to meet too many sufferers, and they certainly do not have the problems themselves. This goes a long way to explain the unhelpful responses that some sufferers encounter.

What are the causes?

There are many theories about the causes of needle phobia. It seems that a great many people learn it. For instance, if your mother suffered from this fear and had to take you for an injection and watch as it happened to you, then she is very likely to have communicated her fears to you. Imagine yourself having to do that for a child, your terror is almost certain to show.

A lot of people acquire needle phobia as a result of trauma, either physical or mental. It might be something going wrong technically, or perhaps someone says something very upsetting to a child. We learn very quickly, and sometimes we learn to generalise a bad experience into every subsequent experience.

There can be connections to other problems such as fear of bleeding, or fear of medical procedures that add weight and complication to the phobia.

Another complicating factor is the fear of the fear, of worrying about if you will panic the next time. This in itself can bring on an attack.

Thought patterns

Whatever the original cause, within a short while the phobic response is habitual. It can be relied on to occur and it always takes the same course. If you have needle phobia then certain triggers will set off your panic feelings, and all the associated behaviours.

Your fear of injections has a pattern. Any behaviour requires thoughts to produce action, and the thoughts about panicking follow a pattern. Some of the thoughts may be conscious, in that you are aware of them. And many of them will be unconscious, they will be outside conscious awareness.

Changing the pattern

The answer is to change the patterns, to arrange for different, preferred responses. The question is “How do I change the pattern?” We do it by paying attention to how you experience the problem, discovering how it manifests itself. We find out all we can about your habit. Once we know this then we can offer help from two sources.

Help from NLP…

You can learn how to use NLP techniques to re-pattern your thoughts. You can find out how to acquire new habits. There are techniques to suit all kinds of cases, there is even a technique devised specially to help those who learned through a traumatic incident. We are there to help you use the NLP effectively, and to choose suitable methods for you.

… And hypnotherapy

We also make extensive use of hypnotherapy. We use both direct methods such as suggestion and we use many indirect methods such as metaphor and story. Hypnotherapy works at a deep, unconscious level to enhance the re-patterning.

Both NLP and hypnotherapy are also good for dealing with any associated problems that might complicate the treatment.

How long will this take?

On average, from one to three one-hour sessions are required, although some people can do it in one session.