Unless you are a proven vampire, no one doubts the sight of blood is pleasant. For some, it is also a real anxiety . Blood translates multiple images of suffering or brings up childhood shocks: falls or trauma, for example. This phobia of blood is generally accompanied by fear of the hospital or the blood centers .
What is blood phobia or hematophobia?
The phobia of blood or of being injured makes it difficult to practice certain activities. Also TV shows with the potential sight of blood are not watchable for hematophobes. From a medical point of view, hematophobiais often linked to belonephobia, the fear of needles. Usually, there can be traumatic childhood events but often this phenomenon becomes inexplicable when there are no apparent reasons. In all cases, it is mainly the fear of death. Getting rid of your blood, the source of life for our body is an unbearable or even untenable vision for some. Blood is symbolically associated with parentage, exchange, circulation, so hematophobes have this fear of hurting themselves, cuts or requiring a transfusion in the hospital.
The sight of blood can cause a noticeable drop in heart rate which can lead to vagal discomfort. As with all phobias , this is not about the movies. The fear of blood prevents, for example, from considering a blood donation vis-à-vis others … And we should not blame these people for that. It is not a lack of generosity but an ingrained fear of panic that paralyzes them.
What solutions to fight against this fear of blood?
There are behavioral therapies to combat the fear of blood. Some opt for hypnosis, others for learning emotional management such as EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) in the form of acupuncture and without a needle which acts on the energy system of the body’s meridians. A psychoanalysis will also be considered and may be conclusive even if it takes more time.
Also behavioral psychotherapy (CBT), which aims to take into account the patient’s current problem while taking into account his history, can be a proven solution. It is based on 3 fundamental principles: interactivity since the patient is an actor in his treatment and must be involved, teaching and collaboration. When the practitioner has understood and identified the origin of the patient’s suffering, they work out together realistic and concrete objectives and decide on the methods that will best achieve them. It is a question of making the patient actor of his cure by desensitizing him from anxiety-provoking situations little by little. The patient must surpass himself and face his fears. This is a controlled exposure of the patient to his own anxieties.
You have to wait several weeks to see the first results. The duration of therapy may vary depending on how old the disorder is. The behavioral therapy is more effective against this kind of disorder, but also against all other kinds of phobias.
Medicines are used initially to calm symptoms and anxiety. In general, hypnosis, relaxation and acupuncture work well.
Don’t be impatient or too hard on yourself. A phobia is often difficult to fight but not impossible. Trust yourself and surround yourself with a professional with whom you feel comfortable.