Fear of injections
Fear of blood, blood tests or injections is common. If the fear is hindering you, for example, from getting the right medical care, then there is one phobia.
Injection phobia is one of the most commonly treated fears at Kindt Clinics. The success rate is 85%.
On this page you can read more about the characteristics of the fear of blood (pricks) and injections and their treatment. People treated for injection phobia also share them experience.
Symptoms of injection phobia
Although hardly anyone likes to receive an injection or have blood taken, in people with a phobia it goes further than that. The body reacts as if getting a shot huge threat is. Physically, this leads to the well-known anxiety symptoms, including rising heart rate, faster breathing, sweating and shaking.
Although someone rationally know that an injection is not life-threatening, feels not so when the injection approaches. Fear dominates. This can be fear of the injection itself, or, for example, of fainting as a result of the injection. Often the fear leads to someone refraining from the injection, or avoiding the (blood) sampling in advance.
Specifically for injection phobia, some of the people with this fear also suffer from a severe physical reaction on the sight of blood or needles, or sometimes even when it is just talked about. This physical response is unfortunately innate in many cases. It's an overreaction of the parasympathetic nervous system. The body reacts as if there were serious bodily harm. It lowers blood pressure, with the aim of minimizing blood loss in serious injury, but in practice it takes care of it dizziness, vertigo and nausea.
Unfortunately, not much can be done about this physical reaction. However, fear often makes the reaction worse; accelerated breathing increases the spinning sensation. So while this feeling will never completely go away, often treating the anxiety will make it more bearable.
Would you like to know more or a non-binding intake?
If you have a fear of blood, needles, IVs, or injections, plan one intake interview without obligation to learn more about the treatment.
Why do people have an injection phobia?
Like other phobias, injection phobia often develops in childhood. Many children find it exciting. However, some have a severe fear. Relatively little is known in science about how and why phobias arise. Sometimes there is a clear reason, such as a bad stinging experience, or a family member with a fear of stinging, but you don't have to.
In the past, children were sometimes held so that they could still be injected. This lack of control over what happens to your body can amplify anxiety.
For the treatment at Kindt Clinics it doesn't matter how your fear of blood, blood pricks, needles or injections arose.
How you get a fear of injections is not always clear, but more important is: how do you get rid of it?
Treatment of fear of injection
At Kindt Clinics we treat the fear of injections with the Memrec method. The discovery of the method generated a lot of attention in the scientific world at the time, and fortunately we have been achieving the same results for years in practice. More than 80% of the treatments succeed in one go, and another 5% the second time. And also important: the effect is lasting. If you suffer from dizziness or nausea, this physical reaction will unfortunately (partly) persist.
Although the treatment is short (you have to undergo one shot), it is not an easy treatment, especially if you have been avoiding injections or vaccinations for years. The most important success factors are: we must be able to generate the fear properly, and then we must succeed in dealing with that fear, and so not to give in to the urge to flee or pull your arm away. Of course we help with that.
Because it is important that someone is self-motivated to get rid of his or her fear, it is the intake interview at Kindt Clinics is without obligation. In this way a conscious choice can be made for the Memrec treatment.
Does the fear of injections hinder you? Then sign up for a no-obligation intake interview.
The intake interview follows after registration. We do this via Skype or similar software, or at our clinic. The intake is without obligation, and intended to determine whether the Memrec method is suitable, and whether or not you want the treatment.
Treatment usually consists of one treatment session. In this you must be prepared to be pricked. What exactly needs to be done differs per treatment and per person. After the challenge, you take the pill (a beta blocker) and stay with us for another 2 hours.
You will return for the test one or a few days later. We start the confrontation again, and you immediately notice whether the treatment has had an effect. We take all the time to practice so that you can trust the fear will not come back.
Watch the treatment of another phobia
If you suffer from injection phobia, you sometimes prefer not to view images of medical procedures. That is why this page contains an excerpt from Canadian documentary program The Nature of Things. Last year they interviewed Merel Kindt and filmed a number of treatments.
In this episode you see fragments of the treatment of fear of heights of Eve, and the treatment of chicken phobia from Mirjam.
Experiences of others
Darcey - Fear of injections
“When I was little, I had a wish - the wish was to either never have an injection again or not have a phobia. I didn't want a million or super powers, I just wanted to stop worrying about a shot ”
Hanny - Fear of injections
“Positive, very kind and very caring. I felt taken very seriously and in a safe environment. Thank you for the therapy, it helped me very well. ”
Blood, needles, IVs or injections
Every phobia is different. For some, the fear revolves around blood, and for others, the needle. For some it is about the pain that an injection can cause, and for the other it is more about the lack of control or the fear of passing out.
With the Memrec treatment, we ask many questions about the fear during the intake interview, to ensure that we include all aspects of it during the treatment.
Do we opt for a vaccination during treatment, but are you also afraid of blood tests, or vice versa? If it is good the effect of the treatment extends to all forms of injections. We are happy to test this with you.
Sophie was suffering from injection phobia. Her treatment at Kindt Clinics was filmed for the VPRO program The future is fantastic, with presenter Tim den Besten. Curious about this video?
Is Memrec right for my fear of injections?
You may have doubts whether the Memrec method is suitable for your fear. Please feel free to contact us to share your situation. All our employees are psychologists, so you will be immediately contacted by someone who can answer your questions.
Or register immediately for an intake interview without obligation. Based on this interview, we know whether Memrec is suitable for you, and you can decide whether or not to opt for the treatment.