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4 tips to help you self-inject without anxiety

Self-injecting is a way for you to manage type 1 and type 2 diabetes. But it does sometimes comes with challenges for those suffering from the fear of self-injecting. 1

Feeling afraid or concerned about experiences that might cause pain is normal and understandable. However, it is important not to blame yourself for feeling worried about, or resistant to, self-injecting, and that many people share this fear.

If needle anxiety does become a mental barrier, you need to find suitable coping mechanisms that ensure you can access the right treatment in a safe and untroubled state of mind.

This video offers 4 tips, all suggested to help you overcome any fears you may have:

  1. Diabetes.org.uk, UK, Psychological Barriers to insulin use, viewed March 12, 2021 https://www.diabetes.org.uk/professionals/resources/shared-practice/psychological-care/emotional-health-professionals-guide/chapter-5-fear-insulin (Quote from source: “What are psychological barriers to insulin use? People with Type 2 diabetes often have negative thoughts or feelings about starting, using, or intensifying insulin. This is also known as ‘psychological insulin resistance’ or ‘negative appraisals of insulin’. Concerns about insulin among people with Type 2 diabetes can be grouped into five main themes (...) anxieties about injections (e.g. fear of injections, needles or pain; experiences of pain, bruising, scarring or sensitivity from injections)

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