I recently did some training for Needle Phobia - this is more complex than other phobias, and because we need to do the best for our clients we need to understand exactly the right way to deal with this extreme fear. Most people dislike needles, but a true needle phobia feels overwhelming and uncontrollable to patients.
Dr James Hamilton author of Needle Phobia, a Neglected Diagnosis says:
“Needle phobia is a recently defined medical condition that affects at least 10% of the population. Because persons with needle phobia typically avoid medical care, this condition is a significant impediment in the health care system. The aetiology of needle phobia lies in an inherited vasovagal reflex of shock, triggered by needle puncture. Those who inherit this reflex often learn to fear needles through successive needle exposure. Needle phobia is therefore both inherited and learned. Needle phobia can be managed by reassurance and education, avoidance of needles, postural and muscle tension techniques, benzodiazepines, nitrous oxide gas, and topical anaesthesia ."
There are four main types of Needlephobia, so, although we hypnotherapists can help some clients with the usual Rewind/Reframe technique used for other phobias, for some people other useful techniques are more appropriate for them them to overcome their fear, and we can help them decide what is best for them.