A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. The phobia usually results in a rapid onset of fear and for some people, the phobia can become very severe to the point where the person organises their life around avoiding the phobia and restricting their day to day activities, causing an immense amount of distress. Symptoms related to phobias include sweating, palpitations, panic attacks, nausea, dizziness, shortness of breath, anxiety, upset stomach and shaking.
Phobias can be divided into two categories including specific or simple phobias and complex phobias. Specific or simple phobias centre around a particular object, animal, situation or activity. They may have developed during childhood or adolescence such as phobias of dogs, spiders, heights, blood or injections. Complex phobias tend to be more disabling than simple phobias and usually develop during adult life and are often associated with a deep rooted fear or anxiety about a particular situation or circumstance. Two of the most common complex phobias are agoraphobia and social phobia. Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces but its far more complex than this and someone with this phobia will feel anxious about being in a place or situation such as supermarkets, swimming pools or travelling on public transport.
Social phobia, which is also known as social anxiety disorder, centres around feeling nervous in social situations. People with social phobia may feel afraid of speaking in front of people due to fear of negative evaluation. In severe cases, this can become very debilitating and prevent someone from doing everyday activities such as eating out or meeting friends.
The causes of phobias will differ in each individual but some common causes including traumatic life events, a learned response from a parent or sibling during childhood and genetics can play a role.
I can help clients with most types of phobias and analytical hypnotherapy is a particularly effective approach because it works on identifying and removing the underlying cause of your phobia. I also use suggestion therapy for mild phobias.
Please contact me today to book your free consultation to discuss how hypnotherapy can help you in overcoming your phobia or fear.