A phobia is an irrational fear of something such as heights, dogs, mice, spiders, flying, thunderstorms, open spaces, crowded spaces or needles where others tend not to react to such extremes.
By taking measures to not be close to or involved with your phobia actually increases the intensity of the fear rather than reduces it when you encounter it. The more you become familiar with the issue the less reactive you will become to it. The mere thought of facing your fear may cause sweating, a panic attack and a need to urgently remove yourself from the situation, these ‘stress or anxiety’ factors will diminish once you remove yourself from the cause.
Signs to look out for:
- Muscle tension
- Feeling sick and faint
- Stomach cramps, the need to go to the toilet
- The desire to run away from the scene
Generally we live what we learn and the majority of the time the thoughts and beliefs you have regarding a fear or phobia is not yours, it is someone else’s, it is likely to be a care giver who was responsible for you during your most informative years, like your mother or father. If you recall seeing your mother run from a spider or a mouse, the chances are you will do exactly the same. With hypnotherapy you can address phobias and fears by simply changing the pictures and the words in your head to alter your response towards the subject.
Treatments also available for associated addictions such as alcohol, drugs, gambling and compulsive shopping which at the time appear to help with escapism but end up compounding issues.