Dealing with Fears and Phobias
Phobias can range from mild feelings of apprehension and anxiety to a full-blown panic attack. Usually, the nearer you are to the thing you fear, the greater your terror will be. Your fear heightens if escape is difficult.
What are Phobias?
Specific phobias are an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of objects or situations that pose little real danger but provoke anxiety and avoidance. Unlike the brief anxiety you may feel when giving a speech or taking a test, specific phobias are long lasting, cause intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work, at school or in social settings.
- A traumatic event.
- Learned responses: sibling, friends, or parents have this fear.
- Genetics: Some people are more vulnerable to developing a phobia.
- Long-term stress can make you more susceptible to phobias and fears
When to Seek Help
It’s time to get help if:
- Your intense fear causes you panic or avoidance of people and places.
- You have difficulty functioning normally because of your fear.
- You experience physical reactions like sweating, rapid heartbeat, tight chest or difficulty breathing, nausea, dizziness, or fainting.
- Your embarrassment over your fears is causing social difficulties, isolation, substance abuse, or thoughts of suicide.
- Exposure therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
I Can Help!
Many of my clients respond to strategies like exposure therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy, and rapid transformational therapy.
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