A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. I once had a client who was phobic about bananas – it really can be anything. In fact there are only TWO natural fears – the fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. All other fears are learnt patterns and no matter how long you have held them.
Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object, they are irrational. If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing that’s causing them anxiety. As well as restricting their day-to-day life, it can also cause them considerable anguish.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. You may not experience any symptoms until you come into contact with the source of your phobia.
However, in some cases, even thinking about the source of a phobia can make a person feel anxious or panicky. This is known as anticipatory anxiety.
Symptoms may include:
- unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
- increased heart rate or palpitations
- shortness of breath
- trembling or shaking
- an upset stomach
If you don’t come into contact with the source of your phobia very often, it may not affect your everyday life. However, if you have a complex phobia such as agoraphobia (see below), leading a normal life may be very difficult.
Treatment with Hypnotherapy Aberdeen is holistic and employs a variety of methods, however phobias are nearly always helped with NLP
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