Friday, November 4, 2011

Trypanophobia: The Fear of Injections or Medical Needles

Trypanophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of injections or medical needles.  This is a specific medical phobia.  Those who suffer from this phobia may avoid all medical care because of their fear. Aichmophobia is the more general phobia of non-medical needles.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Trypanophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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