Making sense of a phobia can be difficult, as an irrational fear can simply appear from nowhere. People can understand a fear of flying. However, when the phobia is of a balloon or a flower it may seem ridiculous or even funny. Avoiding objects, places or situations can be a coping mechanism but it becomes more difficult when you are placed in a situation where you have to face your fears. Hiding a phobia through embarrassment is another thing to consider and one that places even more pressure on the sufferer. What you need to understand is that a phobia stems from extreme levels of anxiety and in most cases has nothing to do with what you have attached your fear to.
- feeling unsteady
- headaches or dizziness
- shortness of breath
- rapid heartbeat
- a choking sensation
- overwhelming feeling of dread or panic
2 types of phobia – Specific or Not
About one in ten people has a specific phobia. A specific phobia is an intense fear (or panic attack) triggered by a particular object or situation. This can be literally anything – from spiders to clowns, buttons to fish.
A non-specific phobia is a more generalised fear such as agoraphobia (fear of open spaces). These work in a similar way to specific phobias in that the fear appears to be ‘attached’ to a situation or place which may have been introduced at a time of extreme anxiety or worry .
- fear of fainting
- the sense of detachment
- a fear of dying
- the worry of losing control
Hypnotherapy can help
In order to cure a phobia the experience has to be changed on an unconscious level. By using a variety of techniques, hypnotherapy can help to change the association a person has with the phobic object or situation and begin to live a life free from fear.