Booking an appointment with a family doctor, and actually making the trip out, can be stressful. The fear of the unknown, the sanitary environment, the waiting, the other patients in the waiting room… there are a whole lot of stress factors that can trigger anxiety and unease in prospective patients.
Whether it’s a result of past negative experiences, genetics, evolutionary influences, or just the sight of it all, some fear the doctor’s office more than others. But trypanophobia isn’t a fear of doctors. Not exactly. Today, we’re going to explain exactly what this phobia is, what it feels like, why it happens, and what you can do about it. Let’s go!
Definition: What Is Trypanophobia?
Trypanophobia is the medical name for an extreme, crippling fear of any medical procedure that involves needles or injections. Do you get a queasy, uneasy feeling when you know you’re due for a shot? You aren’t alone. In fact, studies show that roughly 20-percent of the population suffers from some degree of trypanophobia.
Yes, a fear of needles is surprisingly common for a variety of different reasons that we’ll get into shortly. The important thing to note though is that there are treatment options too. A fear of needles doesn’t have to be a lifelong cross to bear. Before we get there though, let’s look at the most prevalent symptoms of trypanophobia.