How to get rid of a phobia
24th July, 20140 Comments
Written by: Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp
Do you want to know how to get rid of a phobia? Hypnosis is one of the most effective ways to get rid of a phobia. Hypnosis is a natural method which can be used to cure a phobia quickly and painlessly.
The first step to understanding how to get rid of a phobia is to understand that phobias are learnt. Normally learning is a process that can take a few attempts. An example would be learning to read or ride a bike, it takes a number of times before it becomes automatic. When fear is present your brain learns a lot faster and phobias can be learnt from bad experiences or from other people such as friends of family members.
Tips on how to get rid of a phobia
There are several tips on how to get rid of phobia, however a lot of them might not be effective as a phobia is an irrational fear based response. A phobia can cause physical and psychological stress and can affect your ability to act normally. People with phobias feel uncomfortable and avoid whatever they fear at all costs. Sometimes it can also inhibit activity.
There are different types of phobias and not all fears are phobias.
Phobias can produce the following reactions:
- Uncontrollable restlessness when you experience fear.
- Doing everything possible to avoid what you fear.
- Not being capable of normal activity because of your fear.
- Physical reactions such as sweating, increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, or feeling of panic or intense anxiety.
Phobia is originated from the Greek word for ‘fear’. It is a strong continual fear of situations, activities, objects, or persons. The major symptom of this disorder is the excessive, unreasonable wish to avoid the feared subject. When the fear is out of one’s control or if the fear is interfering with everyday life then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be considered.
So, basically, phobias are a kind of anxiety disorder much along the lines of fear and panic. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, phobias affect about one in 10 people in the UK.
An American study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) discovered that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans suffer from phobias.
Broken down by gender and age, the study helps to discover that phobias were the most common mental illness amongst women in all age groups and the second most common illness amongst men older than 25.
It affects people of all ages, from every walk of life, and in all part of the country. The APIRE (American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education) has reportedly said that in any given year, at least 7.8% of American adults have phobias.
Phobias shouldn’t be confused with fear. Fear is so much less dramatic than a phobia. According to the dictionary, the word ‘fear’ denotes a painful feeling of impending evil, danger; and even trouble etc. the condition or feeling of being afraid. While fear is a result of a phobia, it is definitely not the definition of it. It is basically a symptom.
Phobia is used in a non-medical sense for aversions of all kinds. These terms are generally constructed with suffix-phobia. A number of these terms describe prejudices or negative attitudes toward the named subject. Some examples include xenophobia (fear or dislike of strangers), homophobia (fear or dislike of homosexuals), and even Christianophobia (fear or dislike of Christians).
How to get rid of a phobia
It is also possible for an individual to build up a phobia over virtually anything. The name of a phobia usually contains a Greek word for what the patient fears and the suffix-phobia as said earlier. Creating these terms can really become a type of word game, however, few of these terms are also found in medical literature.
Many people still wear their phobic badges around their friends and family. They may be agoraphobic (afraid of open spaces or crowds), claustrophobic (afraid of closed in spaces), hydrophobic (afraid of water), or genophobic (afraid of sex). The list goes on endlessly.
It is not exaggerated to state that the majority of people have an irrational fear of certain things or situations, without the necessity of fulfilling the diagnostic criteria for a phobia (irrational fear may develop into a phobia when it starts interfering with the particular person’s usual activities). The most common simple phobias are those of spiders (arachnophobia), reptiles, mice and other animals. These phobias usually start in childhood and often disappear without any treatment.
When the phobic stimuli are encountered, people are defeated with a strong and immediate anxiety reaction (palpitations, sweating, breathing difficulty, paleness). Gradually, mere imagery or anticipation of the phobic stimulus helps to provoke anxiety symptoms and can really lead to avoidance behaviour and/or major modification of one’s lifestyle.
It is at this point when the phobia really becomes problematic, treatment should immediately be explored on how to get rid of a phobia.
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