Overcoming phobia


SwitSof
#1
Am thinking to donate blood again, but I must admit the last time which was a few months ago I fainted and believe me it was really not a nice feeling.
I have rather low blood pressure and at that time, my blood pressure all of a sudden dropped really low and I could feel it in my stomach somehow and felt a little nauseous too. Really, not a nice feeling
Doesn't help that I am terrified of needles too actually.
What worked for you to overcome your phobia?
I reckon I need something to really distract me so that I don't notice the needles sticking into my vein. Suggestions?
 
Unforgiven
#2
You know what, I just look right at what is going on and distract myself with the procedure to that the sting is just a part of it. Having a good needleman is a definite benefit too. I've watched them sew me up in a couple of places and find myself more interested in the whole method and what's used when, that I can get outside the pain aspect enough to become a spectator in a way.
Though I don't have a phobia about needles or blood and that stuff.
 
karrie
#3
Quote: Originally Posted by SwitSofView Post

Am thinking to donate blood again, but I must admit the last time which was a few months ago I fainted and believe me it was really not a nice feeling.
I have rather low blood pressure and at that time, my blood pressure all of a sudden dropped really low and I could feel it in my stomach somehow and felt a little nauseous too. Really, not a nice feeling
Doesn't help that I am terrified of needles too actually.
What worked for you to overcome your phobia?
I reckon I need something to really distract me so that I don't notice the needles sticking into my vein. Suggestions?

Is it really a phobia when your body is reacting to physical injury?

If you want to donate again, you have to take your blood pressure into account, and make it's stable before you go. I know a lot of people (the vegans I know especially), who need to make a special point of adding salt to their food to keep their blood pressure within normal ranges.

You also need to make sure you've eaten a good meal ahead of time.

Other than that, I have no great wisdom to pass on. It's a great thing to do, but only so long as it's not injurious to you.
 
Impetus
#4
Props to you for giving blood despite your phobia!

That takes guts...

Distraction usually works. Get yourself one of those stress balls and work on it with your other hand.

Or bring an iPod with Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Eileen" looping on it.
Pain is always a good distraction from pain...

Muz
 
IdRatherBeSkiing
#5
I go with my portable Sattellite Radio and listen to tunes while they do it. Sometimes I even take a nap. I feel it but I distract myself.
 
shadowshiv
#6
Quote: Originally Posted by SwitSofView Post

Am thinking to donate blood again, but I must admit the last time which was a few months ago I fainted and believe me it was really not a nice feeling.
I have rather low blood pressure and at that time, my blood pressure all of a sudden dropped really low and I could feel it in my stomach somehow and felt a little nauseous too. Really, not a nice feeling
Doesn't help that I am terrified of needles too actually.
What worked for you to overcome your phobia?
I reckon I need something to really distract me so that I don't notice the needles sticking into my vein. Suggestions?

I have a phobia of needles as well. Whenever I had to get blood taken, I would feel weak and could feel the blood rushing to my head. I never fainted, but came pretty close. The last time they took blood(which was about a month ago) I just pictured myself on the beach and that seemed to do the trick. I did not feel queasy at all.
 
Twila
#7
I have a phobia of heights. So I went indoor rock climbing. I work at taking my fears head on. It helps me to know if it's really a fear or a fear from thinking too much about something. It makes me really angry to let an inanimate object or emotion control me.

Maybe you can work with that also? Remind yourself that you will control this emotion and not let it control you.
 
SwitSof
#8
Unf, I do have phobia with blood. Can't stand seeing it either.
So I wouldn't be able to watch like what you did, that would give me a nightmare!
Fainted too when I offered my finger to be pricked to have the blood taken in high school. I know, pathetic ay?

Quote: Originally Posted by karrie

Is it really a phobia when your body is reacting to physical injury?

If you want to donate again, you have to take your blood pressure into account, and make it's stable before you go. I know a lot of people (the vegans I know especially), who need to make a special point of adding salt to their food to keep their blood pressure within normal ranges.

You also need to make sure you've eaten a good meal ahead of time.

Actually the last time was when I was in Singapore. So there is a doctor to check your blood pressure. The doc said mine was rather low but still ok, she then advised me to drink about 7/8 small cups of water before donating, which I did. I ate too before going to the clinic and didn't feel anything abnormal.

I did get worried when the nurse couldn't find my vein on my right arm, which was used the previous time I was there actually, which I found odd and probably made me worried.
I reckon your body can react cause of phobia. It's in your mind and the thought does affect you physically too, I suppose.

I'm phobic with height too, and it always gives me a chill on my back whenever I look down.
And I'm thinking to overcome it by doing skydiving well with an instructor on my first time, after I gather enough guts to do it!

Quote: Originally Posted by ImpetusView Post

Props to you for giving blood despite your phobia!

Oh, it's nothing really. Pangloss is too and it sounded he did much more.
My blood type is O, universal donor. So the way I see it, if I could give it without causing me much problem (well the phobia is something I want to overcome anyway), why not? Plus, I read somewhere it's actually good for us to have our blood re-generated every now and then.

Quote:

Distraction usually works. Get yourself one of those stress balls and work on it with your other hand.

Or bring an iPod with Dexy's Midnight Runners' "Eileen" looping on it.
Pain is always a good distraction from pain...

I thought distraction might work. Like how Ross did to Rachel in Friends. Bless him, I like his character in that series, well apart from the cheating part...
Actually what you and Skiing suggested might work. I can just put some loud music to hear on earphones. I have no idea what that song is, but will give it a try!

Stress ball wouldn't work Cause the last time when I fainted, I had to squeeze the ball which is the practice in Singapore anyway, and the previous time before it I was told to do that too, and this time whenever I squeezed I felt more as if the blood was sucked from my vein and again I reckon it made me more worried!
 
Curiosity
#9
Sometimes sucking an ice cube helps Switsof - or more convenient a mentholated cough candy - however for blood donation the cough candy may be unsuitable...


I have no idea why this lessens the panic - it may be a distraction type affect.

Phobic reaction can be unrealistic or realistic with an overexcitation in reaction which deeply affects the body's normal functioning. It isn't imagined at all - it is a genuine physically measurable reaction.
 
mabudon
#10
You could always try a "F$%K that, I'm DOIN it" approach

And as others have said, "phobia" is irrational fear- fear of feeling INTENSE nausea and maybe splittin yer noggin is NOT irrational in the least- perhaps if you could even re-think the "phobia" distinction, while taking the above suggestions to quell the actual physical possibility of another similar reaction??

Either way, good on ya for taking this thing by the horns, and I hope however you proceed works out great for you- no matter what, if you DO make another attempt and it goes the same "bad" way as last time, maybe something/someone is just trying to tell ya to knock it off??
 

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