Hej. Jag blir ofta yr och illamående när jag ser blod. Jag blir svimmfärdig och det blir suddigt framför ögonen. Varför blir det så? Jag klarar av att se mitt eget blod och djurblod men inte andra människors? Är det någon som vet om man kan bli av med det och klarar se blod? Snälla någon som vet?
Blood phobia (also, AE: Hemophobia, BE: Haemophobia) is the extreme and irrational fear of blood. Acute cases of this fear can cause physical reactions that are uncommon in most other fears, specifically vasovagal syncope (fainting). Similar reactions can also occur with trypanophobia and traumatophobia. For this reason, these phobias are categorized as "blood-injection-injury phobia" by the DSM-IV. Some early texts refer to this category as "blood-injury-illness phobia."
Blood phobia is often caused by direct or vicarious trauma in childhood or adolescence. Though some have suggested a possible genetic link, a study of twins suggests that social learning and traumatic events, rather than genetics, is the primary problem.
Many behavioral techniques useful in mitigating vasovagal syncope, such as applying tension to the muscles in an effort to increase blood pressure, are helpful to patients with blood phobia. The standard approach to treatment is the same as with other phobias - cognative-behavioral thearapy, desensitization, and possibly medications to help with the anxiety and discomfort.