Techniques to Help You Overcome a Fear of Needles

Techniques to Help You Overcome a Fear of Needles

Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were authorized for distribution in December, countless photos of people getting vaccinated have appeared in the news. While they’re intended to be inspiring, the images may be nerve-wracking for people who fear needles. “Needle fear is not limited to childhood—it definitely can afflict adults,” says Robert A. Chernoff, clinical psychologist

Since the first COVID-19 vaccines were authorized for distribution in December, countless photos of people getting vaccinated have appeared in the news. While they’re intended to be inspiring, the images may be nerve-wracking for people who fear needles.

“Needle fear is not limited to childhood—it definitely can afflict adults,” says Robert A. Chernoff, clinical psychologist and director of health psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Cedars-Sinai. “Avoidance of needles is the key thing that a person with needle fear tends to do and that can be very unhealthy for people who really need a procedure involving injection.”

About 10% of Americans are highly anxious about needles, and 3% to 4.5% experience what is known as blood-injection-injury phobia at some point in their lives.

“When you look at the U.S. population,” Chernoff says, “that’s millions of people.”

Needle-related anxiety may sway you from getting the COVID-19 vaccine, annual flu shots or doctor-ordered blood work. It may have a greater impact if you need injections to manage a chronic condition. Fear of needles can put you in a difficult spot: You must choose to regularly provoke your anxiety to care for yourself or slack on your health management.

Fortunately, several strategies may help you overcome needle-related fears.

Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.org/blog/techniques-to-overcome-fear-of-needles.html

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