The Covid-19 vaccination is a significant problem, especially for people with a syringe phobia. The Max Planck Institute is now offering a special short program to overcome the phobia.
The fear of injections
People with a syringe phobia probably see the corona vaccination as an impossible endeavor. Even the currently omnipresent media images of syringes and injections can lead to excessive stress and fear. “For those who have an injection phobia, it is difficult to bear,” reports the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry. Right now, when vaccinations against Covid-19 are so essential, a phobia could become a big problem for those affected. But in most cases, those affected can be helped to overcome their phobia. The phobia can probably be alleviated with the new special short program at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry.
Injection phobia usually develops in childhood
An aversion to syringes is widespread and not uncommon for now. However, when the fear turns into a phobia, it becomes a problem. A phobia of blood, syringes or injuries usually develops in childhood and, if left untreated, affects those affected over the entire life span. The fears can become so strong that those affected perceive necessary medical interventions or preventive measures only under very high stress – or not at all. As a result, serious health disadvantages can arise.
children are much more affected by an injection phobia than adults. The Max Planck Institute estimates the proportion of those affected in childhood and young adulthood at 20 percent, which would affect every fifth person in this age group. However, the incidence of the disease drops significantly in old age: According to the Max Planck Institute, only around three percent of adults suffer from a syringe phobia over their entire lifespan.
Effective therapy for those affected
There are various ways to get a syringe phobia under control. This measure seems to be particularly useful at the moment with regard to the corona vaccination. Apart from that, mitigating the phobia is beneficial to health. The Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry now offers therapies for various phobias such as blood, injection or injury phobias. During the therapy, those affected are gradually introduced to the fearful event and confronted with it. “When it comes to an injection phobia, those affected first look at pictures and then films of the situation together with the therapist, until they are ready to receive an injection,” reports the Max Planck Institute. The therapy takes place within six sessions and can help many sufferers.
“The short intervention is very effective. Even if the fear is not completely gone afterwards, vaccinations or other interventions are usually easy to carry out, ”emphasizes Professor Dr. Angelika Erhardt, head of the outpatient department at the Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry. The Max Planck Institute offers information on treatment and registration on its website.