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Traumatophobia is an irrational fear of getting injured. The term comes from the Greek τραῦμα (trauma), "wound, hurt" and φόβος (phobos), "fear". According to one study, traumatophobia is more commonly suffered by females and people with less education.

Traumatophobia is more readily suffered by young children, usually caused by being severely injured. Sufferers who go to school would want to avoid going to gym. Some sufferers may only go out when necessary. Even some sufferers who need to be treated for life-threatening injury may avoid potentially life-saving medical procedures as the operation may readily injure them even more.

What sets injury phobia apart is that it is that when a person is exposed to blood, an injury, or an injection, they begin to experience extreme sensations of terror, such as breathlessness, excessive sweating, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly, a fear of dying, becoming mad or losing control, a sensation of detachment from reality or a full blown anxiety attack.

The treatments that are available are mostly behavioral and cognitive therapies, the most common being behavioral. One method of behavioral therapy for traumatophobia is to expose the client to the stimuli, in this case exposing to blood, injury, and injections, and repeat the process until the client’s reactions are less and/or cured. Hypnotherapy is also an option.

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