My story in question is set in a cross between Batman Begins and Batman: Arkham Asylum. In it, my MC has accepted an internship at Arkham Asylum, interning under the Dr. Crane.
My previous research has been 'severe phobias', 'severe phobia reactions' and most variations of those terms. I read quite a few articles but haven't quite found what I need yet.
This character has a very severe phobia of needles. And in her current situation she is required to handle them. My question is: what would her reaction be to having to handle them? In this situation, it would be ideal for her reaction to be as bad as possible. It hopefully will lead to a very important scene between Crane and the MC.
EDIT: This phobia of needles, while knowing she had to go through training, has been decidedly caused by a traumatic event during her medical training.