A phobia is an irrational fear, which can take over your whole life. The fear can be about anything at all, an object, place, or being in a situation. There are hundreds of named, recognised phobias. I have listed only a few of the most common below.
Acrophobia- Fear of heights.
Agoraphobia - Fear of open spaces.
Arachnephobia or Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders.
Aviophobia or Aviatophobia - Fear of flying.
Brontophobia - Fear of thunder and lightning.
Claustrophobia - Fear of confined spaces.
Dentophobia - Fear of the dentists.
Emetophobia - Fear of vomiting.
Glossophobia - Fear of speaking in public.
Hypochondriasis- Fear of being ill.
Hydrophobia - Fear of water.
Necrophobia - Fear of death or dead things.
Noctiphobia - Fear of the night.
Trypanophobia - a fear of injections.
We are all capable of fear, it is a very useful emotion. If we did not have fear we wouldn't last very long, we would probably fall of a cliff, drown in deep water, get hit by a bus or become victim to some other dreadful fate.
Most of us fear a lot of the items listed above but a fear only becomes a phobia when it dramatically, adversely affects our everyday life. Someone with dentophobia (fear of the dentist) may never go to the dentist so suffer an awful amount of pain. Someone with hydrophobia (fear of water) may drive fifty miles out of their way on a regular basis to avoid a large expanse of water. Someone who has agoraphobia (fear of open spaces) may become confined to their home unable to go outside the front door.that fear because we can believe we will not have a panic attack.
However, the very worse effect of a phobia is the overwhelming fear of being in that situation and feeling that fear (the fear of the fear). It is this fear of the fear that can adversely affect every day of your life. This fear of the fear can make you avoid all possible places and situations where we could feel that fear. It can even make us search for other places and situations where it could be possible to feel that fear, these we will then also avoid. This can progressively restrict places we go to and things we do and in some cases have a dramatic effect on our whole lives.
Hypnotherapy can help us to overcome the fear of the fear. Using good counselling and deep relaxation with positive suggestions we can feel confident facing that fearful situation. We only need to face it once without that overwhelming fear and the phobia will no longer exist.
If you would like to find out more about therapy and how it may help you overcome your phobia, come along for a cup of coffee and a chat, I offer a free initial consultation. Or you can give me a call and have a chat over the phone.