What is Needle Phobia?
It is the fear from needle and pins.
American Names of needle phobia: Aichmophobia, Belonephobia, Enetophobia
Symptoms and Treatment of Needle Phobia
Common symptoms and criteria that are used to distinguish specific phobia (needle phobia) are as below:
- an extreme and excessive fear that is provoked by a particular object (either animate or inanimate) or situation. The fearful state may also be elicited by thoughts or anticipation of the stimulus and is present for a prolonged period of time should the specific circumstances arise.
- the fear occurs immediately in response to the exposure to the phobic stimulus and may take the form of a panic attack.
- the person is aware that his fear is excessive or out of proportion although this may not be so if the sufferer is a young child.
- the phobic stimulus can only be endured with extreme anxiety or distress or else is avoided altogether.
- the existence of the phobia causes the person embarrassment or distress or it has a significant effect upon normal life activities.
- in a child under eighteen years of age, the phobia must persist for at least six months. Also, it is recognised that a child will express his fear in childish ways such as crying and screaming, clinging, refusal to stay in bed, etc.
- the fear and phobic avoidance cannot be attributed to agoraphobia, social phobia or any other anxiety disorder such as obsessivecompulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder or separation anxiety disorder including school phobia.