Hemophobia or fear of blood is an uncontrolled fear at the level of strong panic attacks that occurs spontaneously. For the first time, hemophobia, as the term was used by the American psychiatrist George Weinberg in 1972. Fear of the form of blood significantly complicates a person’s life, and prevents adaptation in society.
Hemophobia is widespread, but few of the victims turn to specialists for help. Often in everyday life quite often we hear "I'm afraid to donate blood: from a finger, from a vein." This behavior is due to this phobia.
Hemophobia was characteristic of our ancestors, residual fears remained from those times, and are the reason for our “afraid”. People with this fear are often afraid of the thought of the important need to visit a hospital or undergo a variety of medical procedures. Especially frightening people is the need for blood donation. Hemophobia covers an internal state of fear, which is caused by an alleged or real encounter with blood.
Hemophobia (fear of blood) causes
The causes of hemophobia are psychological. It was previously believed that this fear has a genetic predisposition, however, studies on identical twins have shown that the primary cause of phobia is society, as well as traumatic events, but not genetics. Therefore, in principle, this problem is solved, it is only necessary to find a good psychotherapist.
Hemophobia is divided into various groups. This unit is built on the reasons that cause a negative reaction of a person:
- fear of seeing someone else's blood;
- fear of seeing your blood;
- fear of seeing blood in animals, fish, people;
- fear of seeing blood in general.
Hemophobes, knowing about their fear, avoid the services of traditional medicine, and use it in the treatment of herbs, meditation. Some refuse to use meat for food and turn over time into full vegetarians.
Why is hemophobia afraid? The cause may be the alleged injury, which poses a danger to life and health, fear of a repeat of the previous ill state when giving blood. Fear can come from childhood, when a mother scolded cuts for minor injuries.
Fear of blood due to war is one of the real reasons for this phobia, which often affects both children and adults. This is facilitated by the media by openly broadcasting news channels from war zones, thereby provoking the development of hidden forms of phobias.
Often, the state of panic caused by hemophobia is attributed to a pain reaction accompanied by the appearance of bleeding, but not by the fear of blood itself. Or often this behavior is attributed to the state of stress that is experienced when others see injuries and injuries. It is worth noting that most suffering from severe forms of this phobia, not experiencing bleeding in ordinary life, reduce their source of fears to zero.
Hemophobia (fear of blood) symptoms
Hemophobia is manifested in uncontrolled fear at the level of panic attacks and is marked by the following symptoms: loss of consciousness at the sight of one’s and someone else’s blood, pallor of the face, trembling, palpitations, difficulty breathing, horror in the eyes, jumps in blood pressure, tremor. Hemophobes do not tolerate and therefore be afraid of all kinds of vaccinations, passing tests (from a finger or from a vein).
Symptoms of hemophobia are often manifested in a panic state, which occurs unpredictably, and is an attack of short-term anxiety. At the same time, hemophobia also complain of other unpleasant physical sensations. The following sensations arise: sweating, internal trembling, suffocation, chills, discomfort in the chest area, nausea, instability, dizziness, numbness in the extremities, decreased randomness of thinking. Sometimes it seems to hemophobia that at the sight of blood they can go crazy, therefore they avoid this at all costs, receiving a danger command from the body.
Hemophobia is attributed to obsessive conditions, which are characterized by a strong fear of the type of blood itself, not only in itself, but also in other people. It follows that it is necessary for a person to develop resistance to the type of blood.
Hemophobia, as a serious disease, is rare. Often, phobia is noted by minor manifestations that must be addressed by psychotherapeutic methods. Often a person exaggerates the degree of fear. Therefore, it is inappropriate to talk about the need for professional treatment of hemophobia.
How to bring hemophobia to life? It is necessary to tilt the head to the knees, thus increasing blood pressure. To overcome bouts of hemophobia is also possible with the help of special exercises to help cope with panic fear. To do this, you need to tighten the muscles, while moving the limbs. This exercise stimulates blood circulation, and also pushes fainting.
In some cases, you need to look for the causes of hemophobia in the deep changes in the psyche. An example is schizophrenia , manic psychosis . In this case, hemophobia needs to be closely studied and consulted with specialists. If hemophobia is expressed by obvious fears: a person does not go outside, making his home safe (knives, razors, paper books, notebooks are cleared, furniture corners are chipped), then in this case, a psychiatrist cannot do without treating uncontrolled pathological fear.