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What Is A Phobia?

A phobia is an intense dread of a certain thing or circumstance. Individuals who are afflicted will want to avoid the source of their dread at all costs, even if it does not offer a real threat. It is said that the dread is unreasonable. If the source of the phobia cannot be avoided, the individual will continue to be distressed by the object or scenario, which will have a significant impact on everyday activities. To be characterized as having a phobia, the individual must have had interaction with the thing or scenario that causes the dread. For example, one cannot be diagnosed with a snake fear if they have never encountered one.

Among the symptoms of phobias are:

  • Unsteadiness, dizziness, lightheadedness, or faintness

  • Choking sensations

  • Palpitations, rapid heartbeat

  • Pain or discomfort in the chest

  • Sweating

  • Breathing difficulties or a suffocating sensation

  • Nausea or stomach pain

  • Feelings of numbness or tingling

  • Shaking or trembling

Other symptoms may include thoughts of disconnection from one's own body, dread of fainting, fear of losing control, fear of dying, and hot or cold flushes. Phobias can range from simple to complicated. We've all heard of people who are afraid of dogs, spiders, mice, snakes, enclosed areas, or dentists. Reactions to basic phobias range from mild to severe anxiety, and in some situations, a serious panic attack may occur. Complex phobias are characterized by a strong dread of a specific scenario. Agoraphobia and social phobia are two examples. Agoraphobia is a severe fear of open or public areas. They might be incapacitating, preventing you from leaving the house. Agoraphobia develops as a result of the individual's previous experience with frequent panic episodes. It makes the individual afraid to leave the house in case they have another panic attack and there is no one there to help. Social phobia is a dread that arises when one is in a social environment, such as at a wedding or when performing in public. The phobia stems from a fear of being embarrassed or humiliated in public. It is more severe than the modest nervousness that we all feel in social situations. Phobias have a high prevalence rate. They are the most prevalent form of anxiety disorder. It may afflict anybody, regardless of age, gender, or socioeconomic status. Simple phobias arise earlier in life and typically go away on their own. Most complicated phobias develop later in life and might be more distressing.

What Is The Treatment For Phobias?

The most efficient psychotherapy for phobias is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It gives the individual customized, realistic, and achievable goals to work toward in order to overcome their condition. Our psychotherapists are extremely competent in delivering excellent phobia therapy to assist you in overcoming your worries and moving on with your life.


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