If you ask someone what they’re afraid of, it’s very likely you’d think the answer they’ll give is their “phobia.” As such, if you’re “afraid of ghosts,” you have a “phobia” on ghosts. However, having a phobia is more than just being afraid of something. Phobias are in fact an extremely common type of anxiety disorder. In its most basic sense, a phobia is an “unreasonable anxiety and fear” on a specific situation or object that causes a person to completely avoid them.

Some studies consider a phobia as the most “common” type of mental concern someone would have. “Social phobia,” for instance, is an extremely common type of anxiety disorder. When left unmanaged, the effects of such a phobia – along with its other counterparts – can be annoying and minor, to debilitating and severe.

Phobias: What Happens If You Have One?

A person with a phobia will have a tendency to try to avoid the object that is causing the phobia. For instance, a phobia on snakes would make someone compelled to avoid situations with snakes. Unfortunately, when left unmanaged, a person with a snake phobia may decide never to visit zoos or go out camping again. This is when a phobia can start becoming negative for a person, especially when the phobia in question is something we have to experience from time to time, such as interacting with strangers.

There are commonly three types of phobias, namely:

  • Social phobia, which is now categorised as social anxiety disorder, where a person actually experiences a crippling fear of being embarrassed or humiliated in a social situation.
  • Simple or specific phobias involve a persistent and extreme fear of a situation or an object – such as elevators and snakes.
  • Agoraphobia is the fear of being in certain circumstances where it would be hard to get help and leave if experiencing a panic attack.

Phobias have a tendency to manifest alongside other kinds of anxiety disorders. In fact, a phobia may find itself manifesting with other phobias as well. Treating these of course is not impossible with proper care.

How Do You Treat Phobias?

Unfortunately, there’s yet to be a theory about the true origins and causes of phobias to a person. Likewise, “treating” a phobia really depends on the kind of phobia in question, the person’s lifestyle, and the willingness to help themselves. Sometimes therapy and/or medication can be of great assistance to treating phobic disorders. A lot of people tend to have positive responses whenever they get guided therapy and/or medicine as part of their treatment. In fact, some even find themselves capable of facing their feared situation or object without experiencing too much anxiety.

When Fear Becomes Overwhelming

Anyone can develop a phobia on something, and sometimes dealing with it can be challenging. If you feel as though your fears are starting to have a negative effect on your life, especially on how you perform your daily tasks, then perhaps it’s time for you to consider using therapy. Our doors here at Life Resolutions in Ringwood are always open for you, so please feel free to get in touch with us today. We’re here to help you through your fears, so you can live a happier and more fulfilling life. Call today!

Where is Our Phobias Service Located?

We are conveniently located 3/15-17 Heatherdale Road, Ringwood Victoria 3134.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256