Treating self-injection phobia in patients prescribed injectable medications: A case example illustrating a six-session treatment model

Darcy Cox*, David C. Mohr, Lucy Epstein

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Abstract

This article provides a case description of a patient with multiple sclerosis prescribed interferon beta-1a (IFNβ-1a), a weekly intramuscular injection, who met DSM-IV criteria for specific phobia, blood/injection type. This patient successfully completed a 6-week manualized cognitive-behavioral treatment for self-injection anxiety. Issues presented include dealing with vasovagal responses and examples of typical dysfunctional thoughts related to self-injecting. The patient was able to successfully self-inject following treatment, and gains were maintained for 18-month follow-up.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)278-283
Number of pages6
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
Volume11
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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