What is it?Many people fear injections to some extent, but once that fear becomes persistent, excessive and unreasonable, then the fear becomes a phobia. Injection phobia is the fear and avoidance of receiving various types of injections, and/or of having a blood sample withdrawn through venipuncture (pricking a finger). This is a specific phobia and is extremely common yet not very well recognised. It is thought to affect between 3.5 % to 10% of the population. The avoidance, anxiety or distress caused by needle phobia can significantly interfere with a person’s normal routine, occupational or academic functioning, and social activities or relationships.
DIY self diagnosis
If you can answer YES to most of the questions it is likely that you are affected by injection phobia.
During the last 6 months:
- Have you experienced a marked, persistent and excessive fear of needles?
- Has exposure to needles almost invariably provoked an immediate anxiety response in you?
Anxiety UK strongly advises that people seek further information and guidance from their GP who will be able to make a formal diagnosis.
How we can help
- One year’s free subscription to Headspace (worth approx. £60), more details
- Access to reduced cost therapy
- Access to specialist email and helpline support
- Subscription to Anxious Times magazine (worth £12 annually)
- Access to our Member’s area and free online resources
- Free copy of Understanding Anxiety booklet (worth £3.99)
Injection Phobia fact sheet
This fact sheet gives a detailed overview, as well as a look at some of the evidence based approaches to treating injection phobia.
The Anxiety UK Needle Phobia Booklet includes self help information, along with details of useful treatments. You can purchase this book from the Anxiety UK shop here.
Controlling Anxiety is a CD designed to help you build up techniques for reducing your anxiety and relaxing. You can order yours here.