Fears & Phobias

Do you avoid supermarkets?

Have feeling of dread each time you go out?

Worry if you will panic when you have to speak to a stranger?

Are you afraid of spiders, flying or confined spaces?

Do you cross the road to avoid dogs?

 

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.

 

Physical Symptoms:
  • feeling unsteady
  • headaches or dizziness
  • shortness of breath
  • rapid heartbeat
  • a choking sensation
  • overwhelming feeling of dread or panic

 

2 types of phobia РSpecific 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 .

 

Psychological Symptoms:
  • 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.

 

 

Learn to become fearless.