If you have ever fainted over the sight of blood then this information is for you. You should also know that you have hemophobia. Hemophobia is the fear of blood. When the fear of blood causes actual physical reactions that are not common then you know you have a problem. You need to take the actions to do something about this. It can really hinder your life if you don’t get it under control.
The symptoms of hemophobia are excessive sweating, dry mouth, feeling sick, breathlessness, shaking, fear of dying, heart palpitations, fainting and shaking. While these symptoms are very real, they are not life threatening. They are similar to the symptoms of a panic attack, though.
What can you do about it though? It can at times seem hopeless and you can’t live your life never being around blood. So you need to find a way to stop this fear. The best way professionals know how to do this is deal with the traumatic event that caused this fear in the first place. Sometimes there could be a genetic link but very rarely.
To deal with the traumatic event you can use many treatments. When you apply tension to the muscles to increase blood pressure it seems to help. This only helps during an episode, though. To treat it long term you will need to seek out professional help. There are many professionals that specialize in this phobia.
Treatments that help are basically the same that are used to help other phobias. These are cognitive and behavioral therapy, medication, desensitization and other methods. These all can help but it is up to the individual which one will work. A professional will be able to not only diagnose you, but give you treatment options that may help you.