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Notes upon article creation
- hemophobia originally linked to blood, which has no information on blood phobia, so I decided to be bold and create the article. If there's a reason to revert to the old redirect, please mention it on the blood page, so that we don't wind up with revert wars.
- Sigh. It looks like there was already a revert war over a DICDEF version of the article, and I forgot to check the article history. I think the current article should explain why hemophobia has less to do with blood than to do with other serious phobias, one of which (trypanophobia) already has a separate article.
- This article is called "blood phobia," since that is almost uniformly what the medical sources call it, rather than the (ironically) more common lay term h(a)emophobia. (763 in google for "blood phobia," 13,200 for "hemophobia," 2,600 for "haemophobia"). If you want to change it, to one of the other terms, that's great.
- I know virtually nothing about the subject, and all my information came from the sources that are listed on the page. I figured that an article using good sources written by an outsider is better than nothing.
- There are a lot of sources for a stub. If the article becomes much longer, these sources will not appear out of place.
- Oh, also--there might be reason to merge this with trypanophobia and traumatophobia (or to create a separate blood-injection-injury phobia page, with smaller pages on each type), but I'll wait to see what others think.--Superluser 18:03, 19 May 2007 (UTC)
- This article is called "blood phobia," since that is almost uniformly what the medical sources call it, rather than the (ironically) more common lay term h(a)emophobia. superlusertc 2009 July 09, 22:13 (UTC)
Fear of blood and propensity to faint are separate phenomena
(They just tend to manifest together.)
I'm someone with a propensity to lose consciousness when faced with a non-trivial quantity of blood.
I get quite frustrated when people say "you're afraid of blood". Nothing could be further from the truth.
I've walked into a blood transfusion centre quite calmly. And watched calmly as my blood flowed into a sample-vial. And lost consciousness.
In contrast, I've experienced very strong anxiety when a worm was placed on my foot.
For at least some people who "faint at the sight of blood", loss of consciousness is a result of a dramatic drop in blood pressure, leading to loss of oxygen to the brain. On one occasion my doctor was present, and recorded my blood pressure; at least two readings were below 55/20 (normal is at least 80/50).
It's not a great stretch to assume that this is a reflex that would prevent fatal blood loss if a significant injury had actually occurred. Unfortunately for some of us, that reaction can be precipitated without an actual injury.
On the other hand, I can imagine someone could be literally afraid of blood (without necessarily fainting).
Please clarify which condition each of the proposed terms refers to.
Who coined this term to begin with? Because its grammatically wrong, it ought to be Haematophobia, since the root of Greek αιμα is αιματ-, and NOT αιμ-. Of course once coined, the word is "fixed" but who was so stupid to begin with, to create words in a language he did not have a grasp of?--18.104.22.168 (talk) 14:28, 19 March 2011 (UTC)