- Jan 13, 2018
- Rapunzel's Tower
One of my best friends has a fear of needles, and she's needed a blood test for years. Every time she goes to get it done she panics, leaves, and goes home in tears. She had treatment for it three or four years ago which involved little clips that she was supposed to prick her fingers with, but she was too scared to do that. (She kept handing the clips to us and asking us to prick ourselves instead.) She's quite distressed because she feels ill and just wants a blood test. She asked me to mention it to my support worker, which I did, but my support worker just told me that the NHS doesn't really treat specific phobias like needles confused, and said her daughter, also 28, was scared of needles too, and that her arm shakes when she gets a blood test. Seems there is nothing to do for this phobia except to, I guess, "suck it up and do it?" I really feel for my friend and want to help her. Trying to talk about something she loves hasn't worked to distract her. Diazepam didn't affect her. I guess maybe no one has advice, but I promised to ask anyway. Does anyone have ideas, experience, or know anyone who suffers with this phobia?