Aichmophobia is a specific phobia which is defined as an abnormal and morbid fear of sharp objects such as knives, needles, and pencils. This type of phobia is often mistaken for Trypanophobia which is an irrational and extreme fear of medical procedures which involve injections and/or hypodermic needles.
Symptoms of Aichmophobia may include:
- Pounding heart, palpitations or accelerated heartbeat
- Chest pain and/or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Shaking or trembling and excessive sweating
- Stomach distress and nausea
- Feeling of being detached from reality
- Fear of dying, losing control, going crazy or fainting
Aichmophobia may cause intense and disabling anxiety, panic and fear. Patients may recognize that their fear is unreasonable and excessive, but they will try as much as possible to avoid places or situations which are related to their fear. This avoidance may start to interfere in their normal routine and may cause significant distress.
There are various professional treatments and therapies that can help you eliminate Aichmophobia, but aside from that, you may also overcome your own fears and phobias using self-help strategies such as:
- Learning and understanding your phobia can be the first step to overcome it. You should know that phobias are not common and having it does not mean you are crazy. It is also essential to know that phobias can be treated and that you can overcome your fear and anxiety.
- Know that negative and anxious thoughts can trigger your fear and so it is important for you to learn how you can challenge it. Putting it to the test can also help you learn how to overcome these negative thoughts as well.