We all get spooked by some things, but does one situation, place, or object in particular consume your thoughts? Many people are “scared” of spiders and heights, however, only some have legitimate phobias of these things. For instance, some are only frightened by a spider in the moment of spotting one, but can move on with their day almost immediately. Others are constantly in fear. It is estimated that ten million people in the UK have a phobia, so it is quite common. Phobias are curable and you do not have to live every day in fear and with anxiety.

What is a Phobia?

A phobia is different from a fear, as it is an irrational and very overwhelming reaction to something. A phobia is all-consuming and dictates how you live your life. If you have a phobia, you will typically do everything in your power to avoid that certain situation, place, or object. You will also experience a lot of anxiety symptoms because it is an anxiety disorder; the most common anxiety disorder in fact. The cause of a phobia can vary and is sometimes unknown, but phobias often develop in adolescence or following a disturbing event.

Some phobias are more common than others, such as arachnophobia (the fear of spiders) or claustrophobia (the fear of tight spaces), whereas others are more rare. No matter what phobia you may have, if it is greatly affecting your daily life, then seeing a therapist will help you minimize your anxiety and improve your overall well-being.

What are the symptoms of Phobias?

– Sweating
– Difficulty breathing
– Heart racing
– Nausea
– Shortness of breath
– Feeling faint
– Chest pain
– Hot/cold flushes
– A fear of fainting
– A fear of losing control
– A fear of dying

What are the types of Phobias?

Phobias are typically divided into two categories: simple phobias and complex phobias.

Simple phobias revolve around a specific animal, object, activity, place, or situation. It is often the case that simple phobias develop during childhood. Children are easily influenced and therefore, they can develop a phobia following a negative event or after witnessing a relative’s phobia.

Common examples of simple phobias are:

– Environmental phobias — height, tight spaces, etc.
– Animal phobias — spiders, snakes, etc.
– Bodily phobias — blood, needles, etc.

Complex phobias, on the other hand, usually develop during adulthood and revolve around a very specific situation. It is possible that phobias develop as a result of brain chemistry or genetics, as well. Complex phobias are more deeply-rooted and are known to have a greater negative impact on an individual’s life.

Common examples of complex phobias are:

– Social phobia
– Agoraphobia

How can therapy help?

Phobias can quite often be cured and therefore, it is highly recommended for you to seek professional help in order to assist you in overcoming any phobia you may have. Individuals often attempt to avoid what they are afraid of, however, some fears you must face. For instance, if you have claustrophobia, it is important that you address your phobia because it is common to have to be in a tight space in various public situations. Exposing yourself to your phobia can be daunting and therefore, it is best to allow a therapist to work through your fears and anxieties with you. They will help you conquer your phobia so that it will no longer dictate your actions and mood.

Types of therapy offered for Phobias at The Blue Tree Clinic?

– Counselling
– Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
– Psychotherapy
– Hypnotherapy
– Psychiatry

How can The Blue Tree Clinic help you?

The Blue Tree clinic is prepared to help you address your phobia in a manner that is best suited for you. For some, exposure to the phobia itself will allow you to feel more comfortable the next time you encounter that fear. On the other hand, you might benefit more from CBT in which you acknowledge and alter your thoughts regarding a particular phobia. Treatment length and type vary depending on whether the phobia is simple or complex. We will work together to find the best type of therapy for you. Our team prioritizes your health and your wishes and will customize our therapy to suit you.

Constantly living in fear is not really living. Give your racing mind a break and address your phobia(s) with one of our therapists. The most important thing to remember is that phobias are treatable! Conquering a phobia will put you at ease and give your self-esteem a great boost.

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