High time to get over your fear for something bigger

High time to get over your fear for something bigger. 

In a recent study psychologists have discovered that the main reason to not donate blood is the fear of fainting, post donation. And yet, a study by the medical journal "Transfusion"  claims that less than 1 percent of donors actually faint after donating blood. 

Around 20 percent of the population has some degree of fear towards needles or injections in one way or another. This fear is both an inherited trait and a learned trait. While a small percentage of people inherit a fear of needles, most people develop it around the age of 4 to 6 , through either experience, or learning. Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) says donating blood does not weaken our immune system. Though one pint (375 ml) of blood can save three lives, about 12000 people die every day in India. This proves how indifferent citizens are towards mankind.  

The best way to overcome fear is to expose ourselves to the fear and we have to come out of this fear of donating blood and have to break the taboos about blood donation. 
If we fear about the mild pain of the needle we must also think of the patients who tolerate the pain of the needle during the transfusion along with their other physical drawbacks. The fear can be overcome with our moral sense that we are actually saving someone's life. Listening to music while donating blood helps us to distract ourselves and gradually defeats the fear. 

If we donate blood overcoming the fear the most humane effect is the satisfaction of saving someone's life. Blood donation helps us to stay healthy. In patients prone to iron overload, blood donation prevents the accumulation of toxic quantities. A research published in 2012 shows that in patients with metabolic syndrome, repeated blood donation is effective in reducing blood pressure, blood glucose and heart rate.

Donate blood, stay healthy, help to create a healthier society.


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