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Needles

I am 12 and I have a HUGE phobia of needles. In fact I've never had one since I was a baby, and I am really scared. I have a needle coming up at school, and apparently it's very painful. Just the thought of it makes me shudder. I was so scared I cried myself to sleep last night. Please help me, I can't concerntrate in lessons or with homework and I desperately need help. Is there any way to stop the pain without pain-killers or anaesthetics?

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Hi there

Lots of people are scared of needles, it's important you know that you're not alone in feeling this way. Unfortunately we may all need to have injections at some point in our lives, but they're usually over really quickly, and aren’t too painful.

Sometimes what you imagine happening can be scarier than the actual even itself, it might leave you feeling stressed out, but if you're feeling constantly worried, this may be anxiety. Anxiety is a really common issue, and can affect people in different ways, but there are things that can do to try helping yourself deal with your anxiety.

It may also help to think about ways of distracting yourself during the injection. Sometimes taking a small object with you can help something that you can hold in your hand and focus on, rather than the needle. You could try imagining yourself elsewhere too, somewhere relaxed and happy, or somewhere you feel safe.

You might also want to look away from the needle at the time and if you explain to the nurse about how worried you are before, they'll be able to explain more about it and what to expect.

Talking to an adult you trust about what's happening could be a good way to release your anxiety. You could also ask about their personal experiences of injections, they might be able to give you a clearer idea of what it really feels like - It can really help to have people who understand this supporting you.​

You can talk about your worries with a Childline counsellor. They can support you with managing your feelings or preparing to talk to someone. This is not something you have to go through alone.

Take care,

Sam

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