A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear or intense dislike of a specified thing. Our Phobia Counselling therapists and psychologists can help you with these issues.
If this sounds familiar to you then you could possibly be suffering from a phobia. It could be a dislike of insects, cats, horses or even going outside. Many people find that the anxiety that they feel is so intense that it interferes with their lives.
What are Phobias?
It is an irrational fear of an object, place, or situation that does not represent a threat. It is considered to be a type of anxiety disorder and people are usually aware that their object of fear is irrational and is of no danger to them but they are unable to do anything about it.
A phobia can just be annoying but it can affect your life. Distressing events and genetics are the main cause of phobias. A traumatic experience with a dog or another animal could lead to the development of a phobia.
Some of the most common phobias are:
- AGORAPHOBIA: Fear of large crowds or being trapped outside the home.
- SOCIAL PHOBIA: Fear of social situations.
- ACROPHOBIA: Fear of Heights.
- CLAUSTROPHOBIA: Fear of tight spaces.
- ARACHNOPHOBIA: Fear of spiders.
A phobia is more than simply disliking an object or a place. The symptoms a person suffers are like the symptoms of a panic attack:
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Chest Pain.
- Numbness or a tingling sensation.
- Difficulty in speaking.
- Shaking or trembling.
- Dry mouth.
- Dizziness and feeling faint.
- Abdominal cramps.
- Fear of dying.
- Fear of losing control.
Specific symptoms may appear depending on the type of phobia.
People with social phobia will avoid social situations, people with agoraphobia will be too afraid to leave the house, and those with claustrophobia will avoid riding cars or enclosed places .
All phobias can interfere with your life, it can cause a person to struggle with their daily routine possibly causing them to become self-isolated and therefore separated from family and friends. Because a person knows that the phobia is irrational it can become an embarrassment.
If you would feel like you need to speak to a professional then get in contact with My Family Psychologist today on 07801 079555 or send us a message online and one of the team will contact you back shortly.