A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal.
Phobias are very common and are an irrational fear of an object or situation that causes little or no danger but although we know that these are irrational fears and they are very difficult to control. They can affect anyone and are the most common type of anxiety disorder.
Symptoms of a phobia may be:
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Palpitations or increased heart rate
- Shortness of breath
- Trembling or shaking
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty with talking
Phobias may be associated with a particular situation or trauma or it may be a learned response that developed early in childhood, a fear of dogs or the dentist for example.
Phobias can be either Specific, such as closed in places, spiders or a fear of flying or Social phobias such as extreme anxiety and discomfort in social situations.
Social phobia can also be known as social anxiety disorder and is when you feel anxious in social situations. This may result in you feeling anxious talking in front of other people or being humiliated in front of others.
One of the most common phobias is Agoraphobia which is not just the fear of open spaces but anxiety about being in a place where they cannot escape, if they have a panic attack for example.
This may mean you avoid certain situations such as:
- Being alone
- Being in crowded places, like a cinema or supermarket
- Travelling on public transport
Using hypnosis in a relaxed and controlled way, we get to the root of the problem using visualisation techniques to desensitise you to the phobia. This will enable individuals to react to the situation they once feared, but in a calm, controlled manner. Phobias are not rational, they are displaced fears and they can be dealt with.