Are PHOBIAS reducing your enjoyment in life?

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Are PHOBIAS reducing your enjoyment in life?

A PHOBIA is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation.  The phobia typically results in a rapid onset of fear (often panic),  and is present for more than six months.  A person with a phobia will often shape their lives to avoid what they consider to be dangerous.

There are many different types of phobias.  The most common are:

  • AGORAPHOBIA – The fear of of being in open spaces or situations that might cause panic and make you feel trapped and unable to escape. This can often make it difficult for people to access help. Agoraphobia is linked to panic disorder, and can impact a person’s ability to work or socialise with others.
  • SPECIFIC (SIMPLE) PHOBIA’S – These are persistent, excessive and unreasonable fears of a situation, living creature, place, or object. For example being in a confined space also known as CLAUSTOPHOBIA or having ENTOMOPHOBIA which is a phobia of bugs. Some specific phobias are associated with panic attacks during which a person experiences overwhelming physical sensations that may include dizziness, chest pain, hot or cold flushes, excessive sweatiness or a pounding heart.
  • SOCIAL PHOBIA – The fear of being judged, humiliated or embarrassed in a social situation. For example eating in front of others at a restaurant. For people with social phobia, social situations provoke feelings that extend beyond simple anxiety or nervousness.

People who experience phobias are often well aware that their fears are irrational, but feel that their anxious reaction is automatic or uncontrollable.  Phobia’s are treatable. A CBT approach including graded exposure therapy is most commonly used to treat specific phobias. Hypnotherapy can also be a helpful therapeutic tool in the treatment of phobias.

Having an unmanaged phobia can have a very negative impact on a person’s life and can lead to social isolation, relationship breakdown, inability to obtain or maintain employment.  Speaking with a PSYCHOLOGIST may help to understand the causes of the phobia and assist in developing strategies to reduce the impact that phobias have on your life.

Contact us today to speak with one of our friendly Psychologists at Life Resolutions Ringwood on 1300 668 256 or visit our website for more information