Phobia

Phobias are extremely common; ask your friends or family and I’ll bet there’ll be at least one person who will mention something that is terrifying to either them or a close friend of theirs. People can have a phobia about almost anything and there are times when feared objects or situations are almost impossible to avoid, rendering the phobia a debilitating condition.

Some people will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid coming into contact with the source of their panic so much so that leading a normal life can be very difficult, this is especially true if the feared objects are common (eg, dirt, birds, telephones, lifts, etc). Social phobia (or social anxiety) is fear of being with people which can prevent them from being successful at work; forming and maintaining friendships; meeting a partner etc.

The good news is, phobias can be treated and diminished and in many cases eliminated completely.

What Causes A Phobia?

There are several ways a phobias may develop; it may arise after a shocking or traumatic encounter with an object or situation and results in avoidance of objects or situations; a person may have witnessed something shocking and traumatic (real or fictional); it can be a learned behaviour from being with someone who is experiencing a phobic reaction (eg a parent who shows their fear or avoidance of something and inadvertently passing the phobia on to their child).

Symptoms of Phobia
bulletAn excessive fear of something or a situation
bulletAvoidance of the thing or situation that is feared
bulletExperiencing extreme anxiety or panic when exposed to the stimulus
bulletKnowing the fear is irrational but cannot control it
bulletFind avoidance of the feared thing or situation is distressing and/or causing problems in your life

What Can I Do To Help Myself?

bulletPhobias can be overcome when the fear is faced. If you continue to avoid the thing you fear you are maintaining your phobia. You can do this alone or with a close and trusted friend.

bulletVisualise facing and conquering your fears. Make a list of situations where your fear is present and put them in an order of the mildest situation first and ending with the worst possible scenario. Then one-by-one visualise being successful at each of the listed situations, relax and breath calmly throughout the exercise and don’t move on to the next until you are comfortable with the situation you have just practiced.

Seeking Professional Help

If the symptoms are familiar and you are unable to overcome your phobia, remember you don’t have to suffer a moment longer, you can access help by calling me, Dawn Haworth, on 07818 840 841 or email dawn@lifedesignsandmore.co.uk to make an appointment.

What Sort of Issues have People Brought To Therapy?
bulletAgoraphobia
bulletAnimal/insect phobias
bulletClaustrophobia
bulletFear of blood
bulletFear of dying
bulletFear of failure
bulletFear of flying
bulletFear of growing old or aging
bulletFear of heights
bulletFear of needles
bulletFear of speaking in public
bulletFear of terminal illness
bulletFear of the dentist or doctor
bulletFear of vomiting
bulletSocial phobia