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Phobias


Are you scared of cats, spiders, heights, flying, the dentist, the dark, dogs, water, needles, intimacy, thunderstorms, loud noises or anything else? Then it may be that you have a phobia.

What is a Phobia?

A phobia is a constant, extreme or irrational fear of an animal, object, place or situation that would not normally worry the majority of people.

A phobia is an overwhelming need to avoid any contact with the specific cause of the anxiety or fear. Coming into contact, or even the thought of coming into contact with the cause of the phobia, makes you anxious or panic.

If it is unlikely that you will come into contact with the object of your phobia, for example, snakes, it will not tend to affect your everyday life too much. However, phobias such as agoraphobia and social phobia can make it very hard to lead a normal life.

Phobias are divided into two types, simple phobias and complex phobias.

Simple phobias

This type is about a single object, situation, or activity. Common examples are a fear of insects, heights, snakes, enclosed spaces, dentists or flying. If you have a simple phobia you might react with mild anxiety or even with panic when confronted with the prospect of facing the source of your fear.

Complex Phobias

Agoraphobia is an example of a complex phobia. It involves several anxieties, including fear of entering shops, crowds, and public places, or of travelling in trains, buses, or planes. It also includes anxiety of being unable to immediately escape to a place of safety, usually home.

Social phobia is another complex phobia. Social phobia is a fear of social or performance situations, such as a wedding or public speaking. Those with a social phobia have a fear of embarrassing themselves or of being humiliated in public.

If you have a social phobia, the thought of being in public or appearing at social events will make you extremely anxious and frightened. It is because these types of situations make you feel vulnerable.

Avoiding meeting people in social situations, including parties or eating in restaurants are typical signs of social phobia. In extreme cases, some people are too afraid to leave their home.


What causes a Phobia?

Phobias usually develop in late childhood, adolescence, or early adult life in response to a frightening event or situation. However, it is not always clear where phobias come from.

Sometimes, certain phobias, such as a fear of spiders, run in families. This is probably because children learn to fear, rather than inherit the phobia from a family member.

How can we help you?

The therapies we use can be used incredibly effectively for most phobias, either in combination or alone. Most fears and phobias can be overcome in just one to two sessions. Agoraphobia, as any phobia can be treated effectively using EFT over the telephone.