Out with it
What is a phobia?
A phobia is an irrational fear, a kind of anxiety disorder in which the individual has a relentless dread of a situation, living creature, place or thing. Individuals with a phobia go to great lengths to perceived danger which is much greater in real life.
Types of phobia
•Arachnophobia- The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women than 12% men).
•Ophidiophobia- The fear of snakes.
•Acrophobia- The fear of height.
•Agoraphobia- The fear of open or crowded space.
•Cynophobia- The fear of dogs.
Physical signs & symptoms of a phobia
•Difficulty in breathing.
•Racing or pounding heart.
•Chest pain or tightness.
•Trembling or shaking.
•Feeling dizzy or light headed.
•A Churning stomach.
•Hot or cold flashes tingling sensation
Emotional signs & symptoms of phobia
•Feeling of overwhelming anxiety or panic.
•Feeling intense need to escape.
•Feeling “unreal”or detached from yourself.
•Feeling like you’re going to die or pass out.
•Fear of losing control or going crazy.
•Knowing that you’re overreacting , but powerless to control your fear.
The good news is that therapy can work , or having someone by your side just to hold your hand as you face your fears can be extraordinarily helpful. It’s only natural to want to avoid the things or situation you fear. But when it comes to conquering phobias, facing your fears is the key. While avoidance may make you feel better in the short term, it prevents you from caring that your phobias may not be as frighten or overwhelming as you think. You never get the chance to learn how to cope with your fears and experience control over the situation. As a result the phobia becomes increasingly scarier and more daunting in your mind. You’ll begin to realize that the worst isn’t going to happen you are not going to die.You’ll feel more confident and in control. The phobia will begins to lose it’s power. Successfully facing your fears takes planning, practice, and patience. The feelings are only temporary. If you stick with it, the anxiety will fade….Your phobias won’t hurt you.