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Hemophobic. - April 26th 2017, 05:41 AM

Okay so I have hemophobia and I start sweating excessively with an increase in heart rate and breathlessness. And I can't stop crying and I feel really dizzy. But it doesn't happen when I watch gory movies or images with hell lot of blood.
It's only when I'm direct contact with blood ie. when I start bleeding or my dog or my friend or anyone bleeds. Even if its just small dried up blood. I know it's blood and I experience all the things mentioned above. Also, I'm completely okay with period blood.
How do I overcome this irrational fear? It's just blood after all.
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Re: Hemophobic. - April 26th 2017, 07:10 AM

Was there a traumatic event in your past when you were seriously injured and there was blood?

Or an event where someone else or an animal was seriously injured and there was blood and you were traumatized by that event?

Was this when the fear started?

Perhaps you were very young, and your parents can tell you?

Or were you just born with this fear?
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Re: Hemophobic. - April 27th 2017, 11:34 AM

Hemophobia is quite common. I don't know for sure whether I have it, but I remember feeling panicky in a biology lesson when we were talking about blood.

One way to help, is to treat it like any other phobia or anything else that makes you feel anxious. When you notice feeling dizzy, try to take a few steady breaths. Hold onto something if you feel like it and remind yourself that everything is going to be okay. The feeling is awful, but it will pass. If it's really bad, then it may be best to leave the situation, if possible, and go somewhere else to calm down.

As the above poster mentioned, phobia of blood can be caused by things in childhood/adolescence, but not always. If you want, I'm sure you could talk to a counsellor about your phobia and they may be able to help you overcome it.

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