Fears and Phobias
What is a phobia?
A phobia is a particular kind of anxiety disorder.
Most people seem to have one or two phobias, and often they may seem not to affect their life a great deal. They may avoid situations that will make them have to confront their fears, for example, not taking foreign holidays if they have a phobia of flying, or not going into the garden shed where the spiders live if they have arachnophobia.
Whatever a person’s phobia is, it is a very real and intense fear to them, and it can have a very detrimental effect on their life. It doesn't have to have that effect on your life.
Rational and irrational fears.
If you were stood in the street and an escaped lion was running towards you, it is not only rational that you would feel fear but also essential - so that you can take action like running as fast as you can! If, however, you will not get on a plane even knowing that flying is one of the safest forms of travel, and being aware that in any one day a million people take to the air and live to tell the tale - that is an irrational fear. Just as spiders are small insects that do no harm to people in this country, and even in countries where there are poisonous ones the chances of being bitten is very small
Whether a fear is rational or irrational, the physiological effect it has on the body is the same. In fear situations we go into what has been called ‘the flight, fight or freeze response’. This means that we get ready to either run away, or fight the thing that is about to attack us or be as still as we possibly can. In these situations our heart rate will increase, adrenalin will be pumped into our blood stream, also the stomach is emptied, and much more. This is all done so that our body can face the life or death struggle it has just encountered. This is all very useful when preparing to run from the lion (and I would suggest you don’t try to fight it!), but it is not so useful when you are 35,000 feet in the air with nowhere to go, or perhaps you are worried because someone near you is going to be ill and you can’t stand it.
The point is that phobias are irrational fears and their cause stems from childhood. But this is not something that you have to put up with.
What can be done?
I offer a number of different therapies that can help with phobias and it will depend on the person and their particular problem which is best for them, which is why I offer a free consultation so we can find the best solution for you.
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