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Medical Phobias: The Irrational Fear of Blood, Injections, and Injury

FlourishAnyway is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist and parent with an interest in DIY and health topics.

Hello, Human Pincushion: A child in the 1960s receives a vaccination with a pneumatic type of syringe.

Hello, Human Pincushion: A child in the 1960s receives a vaccination with a pneumatic type of syringe.

How a Phobia Can Jeopardize Your Health

Imagine being so fearful that you'd rather die than get stuck with a needle. No matter how hard you try, panic and a racing heart take control and make you want to bolt.

That is exactly what my brother-in-law faces with his needle phobia. His fear is so intense that it prevents him from getting the medical treatment he needs.

He has a common genetic disorder called hemochromatosis, which causes his body to build up toxic levels of iron.1 Regular blood donations would prevent continued storage of excess iron in his liver, heart, and pancreas. Controlled bloodletting would thus reduce the associated risks of persistent iron overload, significantly decreasing his risks of cancer, heart arrhythmias, and cirrhosis.