Phobias are fears of certain objects, concepts, actions etc., which, if in contact with or thought about, could trigger an overwhelming sense of anxiety and loss of control. People who have phobias tend to actively try to avoid the object of their fear. For example, someone who has a fear of snakes (Ophidiophobia) may not want to touch a snake or look at a picture.
You do not have to be in the situation in order to experience the plethora of physical symptoms surrounding your phobia, the very thought- in some cases, is enough to cause your brain to create a reaction to these scary situations without you actually being in it. People with phobias could have panic attacks which cause physical symptoms such as sweating, hot flushes or chills, trembling, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea, ringing in your ears, confusion or disorientation, rapid heartbeat etc.
There are things that you can do to tackle and cope with your phobias like:
- CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy): a type of counselling that can help people manage their problems by changing the way they think and behave- this therapy is best for dealing with anxiety attacks
- RTT (Rapid Transformational Therapy) and Hypnotherapy: a therapy which focuses on communicating with your subconscious and changing the way you feel and behave towards your phobia
- Psychotherapy: a therapy which helps one understand the origination of one’s phobias as often the object of the phobia is not the actual source of the anxiety
There are many phobias that one could potentially suffer from such as:
Megalaphobia (fear of large objects), thalassophobia (fear of large bodies of water), trypanophobia (fear of needles), nyctophobia (fear of the dark), Emetophobia (fear of vomit) trypophobia (fear of a pattern of holes), Acrophobia (fear of heights)
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