What Is Phobia? The Facts that Matter Most

We’ve all heard someone say, “I have phobia.” You might have even said it yourself. But most of us still don’t understand what exactly phobia is and how it can affect someone’s life if not addressed promptly and properly.

In its essence, phobia is the extreme and mostly irrational fear of a situation, person, creature, place or object. While it’s normal to be afraid of something, people with phobia will go to extreme lengths to avoid what they consider to be stressful or dangerous. Phobias may also trigger anxiety and panic attacks that could eventually affect someone’s life in the long run.

The Causes of Phobia

Although there’s still no exact cause of phobia, studies have shown that genetic and environmental factors are the two most common triggers of this disorder.

For instance, someone who has a family member with anxiety disorder is at a higher risk of developing a phobia. Those who also experienced traumatic events like near drowning, animal bites and exposure to extreme situations and spaces could likely develop phobias at some point.

Specific or simple phobias are identifiable with a specific cause that doesn’t affect the daily life of the individual. A good example would be the fear of snakes or dogs. Complex phobias, on the other hand, are those caused be less recognisable causes. This includes social agoraphobia or fear of being in public places and social anxiety.

The Most Common Phobias

Although there are a lot of phobias, these are the three most recognised phobias by psychiatrists:

• Specific phobia – A simple phobia can be partly genetic and involves a specific trigger. Most people have fear of dogs, spiders, snakes, doctors, dark places or train rides.
• Agoraphobia – This is the fear of being in a situation where it’s difficult to escape, which causes extreme panic. Although agoraphobia is mostly related to being confined in open spaces, some individuals also experience panic when placed in confined spaces like the lift, bus or train.
• Social anxiety – Social phobia is the fear of being judged, embarrassed or humiliated. Individuals with this phobia tend to shy away from social or unfamiliar situations and they are linked to negative social experienced in childhood.

Hypnotherapy for Phobias & Fears

Depending on the degree of phobia of an individual, the most common treatment for phobias would include medication, therapeutic sessions or a combination of both.

But for those who want a more natural approach to dealing with a certain type of phobia, hypnosis has proven to be quite effective.

In a hypnotherapy session, the individual is put in a more relaxed state where he can re-organise his subconscious thoughts to focus on more positivity rather than the fear of something.

Hypnotherapy allows the brain to revisit memories that may have triggered the phobia so the individual can deal with it better. Hypnosis also promotes a healthier perspective of things where people affected by phobias can continue with their daily lives and not let their fears define them.

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