How to Get Over a Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

How to Get Over a Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)


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Trypanophobia is defined as an irrational or extreme fear of needles

A phobia can be caused by a particular experience or situation where you are faced with your fear. Due to this initial reaction – the second time you face your fear, you may experience the same irrational feelings of terror – if this forms a pattern it is a phobia.




The key to getting over or overcoming a phobia is to face it, otherwise it may get worse over time. People usually deal with phobias by avoiding them but this can prevent you from doing certain activities which you may want to do and from living your life in general.

One of the best treatments for phobias is exposure therapy, which you can easily do yourself through self-help.


Path to Calm


Self-Help for Trypanophobia (Fear of Needles)


Facing your fear of needles is key to conquering it.

You can help yourself through exposure therapy – but make sure to begin with something you can cope with/handle – exposure therapy may not work if you start with something too scary.


Follow my step-by-step approach for trypanophobia below:


  • Step 1: Try to relax and calm yourself down. If you stress yourself out or make yourself anxious by constantly thinking and worrying about the needle before you go to get the injection, then it will be harder to get through it. If you try to keep yourself calm beforehand, by avoiding thinking about it and not making a big deal of it – this may help you to stay calm throughout it. 


  • Step 2: Ways that you can try to keep yourself calm and relaxed are through mindfulness techniques – you could practice meditation or yoga or listen to relaxing music. You could also try to distract yourself beforehand so you aren’t constantly thinking about it – you can do this by keeping yourself busy. 


  • Step 3: If you are prone to fainting when it comes to needles – remember to distract yourself during the procedurethink about something else or daydream. It helps if you don’t look at the needle, but remember to still EXCPECT IT in the back of your mindso that you don’t jump when the nurse injects you. 


  • Step 4: If you are unable to think about something else, then focus on your breathing – it is easy to do and will help to distract you, and keep your mind off the needle


If these steps don’t work for you, or if they are not specific enough for you, make your own step-by-step approach – if you need any help, please feel free to leave a comment below.

4 thoughts on “How to Get Over a Fear of Needles (Trypanophobia)

  1. This is very good advice for overcoming phobias as it details the method you can use to overcoming it on your own.

    I do not have a phobia for needles, but had one for spiders as a child, which thanks to my mother I overcame when she showed me respect for them by getting to know which ones were harmful and which weren’t and how to handle them.

    1. Hi Eril,

      Thanks for commenting, overcoming a phobia on your own through self-help can be very empowering and uplifting. Yes I agree, knowing more about your fear can help you to overcome it and make it seem much less scary!

  2. Great tips! I had a bad experience with a needle when I was a child, and it was hard to overcome the fear. Your advice about not looking at the needle really sticks out (sorry for the bad pun) because we can overdramatize the situation.

    One suggestion I have for people trying to get over their fear is to go with a friend to donate blood. It helps to have a friendly face with you. If you tell other people what you’re doing, they’ll be supportive. And you can remind yourself that you’re doing something to help other people.

    1. Hi Amy,

      That is another great suggestion, going with a friend or family member can help lighten the mood and can help to distract you. Yes, if you are giving blood it is a great idea to remind yourself that what you’re doing is very selfless and admirable (especially if you have a fear of needles!) – this is a great point, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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