A phobia is an irrational fear of quite often everyday objects or situations. Fear in itself is a natural response to danger such as being fearful in a burning building or when facing an attacker with a weapon. Fear becomes irrational, however, when the object of being afraid is not dangerous in itself such as buttons or a town square, but the person connects the object with all kinds of dangers that aren’t really there.
How do people deal with a phobia?
Phobia sufferers have generally two ways with dealing with the issue. One is to avoid the stimulus of their phobia as much as possible. There are many phobias and some triggers can be difficult to avoid without it interfering with everyday life. By trying their hardest to avoid the object of their phobias, sufferers will often go to great lengths and make life very difficult for themselves. This can, in fact, increase the fear in the long run.
The second way is to face the object or situation but with extreme anxiety. When people try to simply deal with their phobias, they put themselves under a lot of stress as they will suffer all the effects of anxiety on a regular basis.
There are different symptoms to suggest whether someone suffers from a phobia. These can include the following signs of anxiety when encountering the trigger (the feared object or situation):
- racing heart
- difficulty talking.
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In more severe cases, even the thought of encountering the object or situation can get people to display one or more of the above symptoms.
The causes of phobias are not always known. They include learned behaviour from parents or siblings as well as previous bad experiences that involve the trigger object or situation.
Many phobia sufferers don’t realise that most phobias can be cured. Their life could be much easier quite quickly. There are a variety of treatments available for phobias, most of them include some kind of talking therapy. Medication is usually not used to treat phobias.
How hypnotherapy can help
Hypnotherapy has proven very beneficial in the treatment of phobias. Practitioners can cure some phobias with only one session, others take a bit longer. It depends on the complexity of the phobia how long it takes to treat it successfully. How long the individual has been suffering from his or her phobia also plays a role.
Hypnotherapy works with the subconscious and helps to find the underlying causes for the phobia. Unconscious and often repressed memories can be brought to the conscious and the client can look at them in a new light. Hypnotherapy puts the mind in a relaxed state where it is open to suggestions of how to calmly and efficiently deal with the apparent threat, taking the fear factor out of it. The client is then able to face previously terrifying situations with coolness and confidence.
Samantha Culshaw-Robinson is a clinical hypnotherapist and has dealt with many clients suffering from a wide variety of phobias. For more information and to book a complimentary session please get in touch via email firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 075 222 777 22.
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