What is Trypanophobia?
Trypanophobia - Fear of injections.
Symptoms of Trypanophobia
People with blood-injury phobias suffer extreme anxiety at the sight of blood. The anxiety is triggered not only if they happen to witness a person suffering an accidental injury but also in the controlled environment of someone giving a blood sample or donation or undergoing a surgical procedure. The fear is similarly acute if the person who is· bleeding is the phobic himself and people with this phobia are overly anxious at the thought of sustaining an injury.
Injection phobics find it impossible to undergo any medical procedure that involves the insertion of a surgical needle because of their extreme fear and they have great difficulty in seeing this happen to anyone else. Routine immunisations and minor surgical procedures are feared and avoided and the phobic person may even refuse treatment that is needed for an underlying medical problem. Not only this, the phobic person characteristically experiences considerable anxiety outwith the phobic situation in relation to his perceived inability to come to the aid of a person who is hurt. This anxiety is particularly acute if the phobic person has young children who would be reliant upon him for help.
Treatment of Trypanophobia
In order for the process to be successful, several aspects have to be addressed. One of the most important is to ensure that the person understands the reasons why he faints and the physiological processes that take place, which can be counteracted by applied tension. Secondly, the patient has to be taught to recognise the very first signs of faintness that he experiences (such as sweating, queasy feelings or nausea, sight and hearing disturbances) so that he knows when to begin applied tension. Thirdly, he needs to be instructed in applied tension and the therapist must ensure that the patient feels comfortable with the procedure and is able to perform it correctly.