A phobia is an irrational fear of an object/situation that would not normally trouble most people. As the name suggests, simple/specific phobias are phobias that are about specific objects or situations. They can be quite distinct in nature and easily identified. For example, fear of spiders, fear of thunderstorms or fear of heights.
Any phobia may produce a state of panic when the sufferer is confronted with the phobic object/situation. Phobias have a wide variety of physical symptoms including nausea, pounding heartbeat and jelly legs.
For this reason, many people with simple or specific phobias enter into a pattern of avoidance. This can vary enormously in severity from someone who would not want to touch a spider, to someone who cannot even look at a picture of a spider and therefore has to vet everything they come into contact with. A simple phobia can be very debilitating and have quite a profound effect on day-to-day life.
If you can answer YES to most of the questions it is likely that you are affected by a phobia.
- Do you feel an intense fear towards a specific object or situation?
- Do you go out of your way to avoid that particular object or situation?
- Do you get feelings of freezing, wanting to escape or worrying that you may pass out if you come into contact with that object or situation?
Causes of Fears and Phobias
Phobias can develop during childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Whilst they’re often linked to a frightening event or stressful situation, it’s not always clear why some phobias occur. Often, they develop as a childhood reaction to an event which at the time seems perfectly rational.
How Can I Help You?
Under Hypnosis or through a technique called Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) we will consider how your phobia was established and how it has developed. We will then ‘reframe’ the original situation which will then mean that you look at it in an entirely different way.