The definition of the word phobia – an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.
In a nutshell
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, as extreme anxiety is the dominant symptom experienced by the sufferer.
Phobias: – are thought to be learned emotional responses to an experience the sufferer has witnessed or has been involved in.
A phobia is an excessive reaction, experiencing a deep sense of panic when you come into contact with a scenario similar to or the same as when the fear was initiated, installed into your mind, imprinted if you like, it was a learning experience however troublesome it was or has become.
The extreme intense fear can be of a certain place, situation, or object and is usually connected to something specific.
Symptoms may include: –
- Dizziness, light-headedness,
- Sweating intensely
- Shortness of breath
- Increased heart rate
- Upset stomach
- Stiffening of the muscles, unable to move
You may find yourself in flight mode wanting to run away or in freeze mode unable to move.
The top ten phobias: –
- Arachnophobia- Fear of spiders
- Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes
- Acrophobia – Fear of heights
- Agoraphobia – Fear of open spaces
- Cynophobia – Fear of dogs
- Astraphobia – Fear of thunderstorms
- Claustrophobia – Fear of small spaces
- Mysophobia – Fear of germs
- Aerophobia – Fear of flying
- Tropophobia – Fear of holes
There are many more, these are the most common, but you can develop a phobia for just about anything, there is no rationale for the intensity of fear a client experiences while in this state.
Phobias are generally broken down into two categories, specific or complex.
Specific Phobias: – Simple phobias tend to develop in our youth and can become less severe over time.
Complex Phobias: – Often occur around everyday activities and therefore impact a person’s life more than a specific phobia. They tend to develop as we become adults and can stem from deep-rooted anxiety about particular situations or circumstances.
Two of the most common complex phobias are: –
Agoraphobia: – When anxiety is felt by someone about being in a certain place or situation, where it is difficult to escape if they have a panic attack, which can lead to them avoiding crowded environments, travelling on public transport, or even being alone.
Social Phobia: – Also known as social anxiety disorder, centres around social situations/interactions if suffering from this condition someone will avoid speaking in front of others for fear of humiliation and in severe cases this phobia can stop them from socialising and carrying out everyday tasks.
If the source of the phobia is something you don’t come into contact with very often, then it will not impact significantly on your everyday life. However, if it is something you are likely to come into contact with often the phobia may have a more detrimental effect on your life.
I have worked with many phobias over the years and it never ceases to amaze me the complexities of each individual case.
A phobic response is an on/off switch in the mind. Hypnotherapy works by detaching the recording the stimulus (trigger, object) from the emotional response that causes the fear, then updates the mind with new more resourceful responses, enabling the client to be free from the intensity/anxiety and more able to be in control in the situation.
So, if you are suffering in your life with any of the above symptoms and you are searching for a solution, come along and experience for yourself the freedom and peace of mind you deserve.