What is a Phobia?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, a phobia is an irrational and excessive fear of an object or situation.
Phobic symptoms can occur through exposure to the feared object or situation, or sometimes can be triggered by only thinking about the feared object or situation.
Typical symptoms associated with phobias include:
Because of these physical reactions and changes in behaviour and mental state, people experiencing a phobia might begin to isolate themselves, having severe difficulties with functioning in daily life that can affect their relationships as well (personal & social).
In some cases, an individual experiencing a phobia may seek out medical help due to a constant concern with imagined bad situations that can affect their whole lives (e.g. imagined illnesses, disasters or even imminent death).
The most common fears or phobias are:
These fears are really challenging for many of us and they can affect our quality of life considerably. We can avoid activities or give up totally on activities we love or used to love before. We don't want to go and see a doctor, regardless of knowing our health might be at risk.
We can avoid travelling or social events just because we are afraid of our uncontrolled reactions when a panic attack takes place...Or we decide to not travel anymore and stay away from people just because...we had a bad reaction just by thinking about it...We can easily make bad pictures or horror movies in our heads...and react as a result of seeing those photos or playing the horror movies all over again.
There is always a solution and we can learn how to enjoy life and how to end up all the anxiety and the fears that stop us from being happy after all!
More about phobias here
Most phobias can be successfully managed with NLP Coaching, Hypnotherapy, Counselling or other therapies.
"If you think you can outsmart your phobia with anti-anxiety medications, forget about it; they might numb you during an acute panic attack, but they will not erase your phobia. In fact, they could get in the way of therapy because they impede new learning, which is the essence of curing phobias. To kick a travel phobia, you have to fight fire with fire; you have to tolerate some anxiety to get rid of it. No shortcuts.” - Psychiatrist Richard A. Friedman, M.D. about flying phobia.
If you have any worries or unexplained anxiety, please get help as soon as possible.
Ask for help! Please don't allow anxiety and panic attacks take over your life! Remember! You are in control!
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