Phobias and fears
Symptoms of phobia / Treatment of phobia
Most people have a fear or two. We all have some things that we are afraid of, some people don’t like standing at a height and looking down or others are afraid of snakes or spiders. When a fear becomes so intense that it begins to interfere with your life then this is called a phobia. A phobia can impact on your life if you start to change your behaviour to avoid the thing you are afraid of and this means you can’t live your life in the way you would like.
Common types of phobias or fears:
Animal phobias are a fear of certain animals or insects e.g. fear of dogs, snakes, spiders, rats or beetles
Situational fears are associated with specific situations such as a fear of closed spaces in a tunnel, lift, plane or car. Or a fear of going to the dentist or doctor.
Environmental phobias are triggered by situations in the environment such as heights, the dark, storms or water.
Blood injection - injury phobia is triggered by situations to do with the sight of blood such as having a needle, taking blood, injuries or having to undergo a medical procedure.
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In the case of most phobias the fear or the perceived fear is greatly exaggerated and a person feels under immense threat when the risk is actually very low. The good news is that fears and phobias are relatively easy to treat and respond well to therapy. Select Counsellors can help you find a counsellor who specialises in the treatment of phobias and is the best fit for you
Treatment for phobias and fears
Therapy is widely considered the most effective treatment for phobias and fears, in particular Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT is based on psychological principles that suggest changing a way a person thinks will result in change for that person at an emotional and behavioural level. CBT focuses on the following aspects of treatment for phobias and fears:
Exposure which involves being exposed to the situation you fear in a gradual, step by step way without avoiding it. You will start by being exposed to the fear in an imagined way say drawing it or thinking about it. Then gradually you will build up the exposure so you are in the situation. You will find as you are more exposed to the situation you fear, it’s not harmful and not as traumatic as you expected and you will gain more control over it.
Challenge your negative thoughts and fears and look at the thinking patterns that may be creating and sustaining your phobias. You will learn to look at situations in a more realistic rather than negative way.
Managing the physical symptoms using relaxation and breathing techniques and you will learn to better control the physical symptoms.
Recovery from phobia
It’s good to know that recovery from phobias and fears is very possible with the right treatment. Therapy is widely considered the most effective treatment for phobias and often clients can be treated in as little as two to four sessions.
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