In my line of work, I’ve experienced many patients who are highly anxious about needles. In fact, about 10% of Americans experience this.
Some tips I share with my patients who have needle related fears are:
- Look away. There is no reason to look at the needle or to watch what is happening, especially if it creates anxiety.
- Use relaxation techniques. Deep breathing or visualizing you are in a safe, relaxing place such as your favorite beach can help.
- Distract yourself. Especially during IV therapy reading a book, watching videos, listening to music or playing games on your phone can redirect your focus.
““I feel like I have my life back” KWIP Patient, Shmaila Khan, Summer 2021.
Before Ketamine Treatments, Shmaila described her mental health as “At my best, I was just living. Just breathing, eating and sleeping.” After 3 months of ketamine treatment Shmaila said she was “reconnecting with the joys of life that have been vacant for so long.”
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