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What is the Best Treatment for Trypanophobia?

written by: Malka M. Feast • edited by: Jacqueline Chinappi • updated: 10/11/2010

Do you avoid going to the doctor because you are afraid of needles? The name of this fear is called trypanophobia and there are treatments available for this fear. This article breaks down the best treatments used for the fear of needles and injections.

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    Trypanophobia, known as the fear of needles or receiving injections, is more common than you may think in children, as well as adults. Many of us have different phobias that we would like to overcome, but are not aware of the resources which are available for our use. The purpose of this article is the inform you of Trypanophobia Treatment that can be used to overcome trypanophobia so that the next visit to the doctor or dentist's office will be a painless and calm one.

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    Hypnotherapy

    As you already know, the mind can be trained to do many things. The objective of hypnotherapy is to basically re-wire the brain to think in a different manner. Hypnotherapy plays the role of taking the subconscious mind and reprogramming the section that holds your phobia, then alters the thinking pattern of needles or injections which is so frightening. Hypnotherapy is not only safe, but the results are swift.

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    Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)

    Neuro-Linguistic Programming resembles the same process of hypnotherapy with one exception. Like reprogramming the mind, NLP goes through the reconstruction of the subconscious mind then rebuilds the whole thought process counteracting the fear. NLP also displays fast results and is effective for most patients.

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    Energy Psychology

    Energy psychology is on a different wavelength; thus, this process is more like emotional acupuncture without the use of needles. This method can quickly alter changes in your behavior towards your phobia and aid in the development of new skills and habits that can assist you with other phobias and obstacles in your life. Furthermore, this method is known to be the most effective and increases the quality of life.

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    Anti-Anxiety Medication

    Medication is a common used treatment, but the downside to using medication is that you become dependent upon it and must take it before routine visits. Anti-anxiety medication comes in the form of pills and laughing gas. Unlike the previous methods, medication immediately calms the nerves to allow a person to get through the procedure, but as soon as the medication wears off, the fear is still present leaving the person plagued with the phobia.

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    Undergoing Treatment

    There is no time better than the present to conquer your fear of needles. If you are having difficulty seeking help, confide in a friend or relative so that he or she can accompany you during your therapy. You have nothing to be ashamed of because many people possess this phobia. Know that trypanophobia is curable and has a high success rate. Be mindful to undergo treatment under the care of a certified physician and follow directions as given so that your outcome can be a bright one. So, the next time you need blood work done or the time comes around for a new vaccine, you mind will be at ease while getting the medical attention needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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