Don’t let your life be controlled by Phobias, Our psychiatrists can provide Phobia treatment to let you reclaim your life!
Many people report an aversion to spiders and snakes, nervousness before getting on a plane or a dislike of heights – but sometimes it goes further than that.
They will feel uncomfortable facing any of these scenarios, but they will not let this dominate their lives. However, a genuine clinical phobia goes much deeper and can affect an individual’s life to the point where it becomes unmanageable, such is their obsessive desire to avoid their trigger.
What is a phobia?
The word phobia comes from the Greek: φόβος (phóbos), meaning “aversion”, “fear” or “morbid fear” describes an irrational, disproportionate fear which often leads someone to restructure their whole life around the object or situation that they are afraid of. Even hearing mention of it on the TV or catching sight of it in a magazine can cause an intense mental and physical reaction which is very alarming for the sufferer. Some common phobias include the following:
- AcrophobiaAcrophobia is a fear of needles. Sufferers will avoid injections at all costs, even when it risks their health, meaning that the implications of this disorder can be very serious.
- AgoraphobiaAgoraphobia is a fear of being somewhere from which you cannot escape, such as in a crowded street or at in the audience at a rock gig. Agoraphobia can wreak havoc in a sufferer’s work and social life and many agoraphobics simply avoid leaving their homes altogether.
- ClaustrophobiaClaustrophobia is a fear of confined spaces. Sufferers often find themselves unable to use lifts or in extreme cases unable to sit in a small room with the door closed.
- EmetophobiaEmetophobia is a fear of vomiting and of vomit itself. A sufferer may avoid leaving the house altogether for fear of seeing vomit in the street and their diet may be very restricted so as to avoid getting sick themselves.
- MysophobiaMysophobia is a fear of dirt and germs which can lead to intense anxiety and an excessive cleaning schedule which interferes with normal life.
How do I know if I have a phobia?
Phobia symptoms can be very intense and frightening. Phobia treatment seeks to lessen these symptoms. Some typical reactions to being faced with a phobia trigger are:
- Getting short of breath or inability to breathe at all
- Chest pain
- Chest tightness
- Excessive sweating
- Feeling dizzy or faint
What can I do about my phobia?
Online Therapy Company offers phobia online therapy in London, which is an ideal alternative for clients whose phobias make travelling away from home difficult. Phobia counselling focuses on teaching you that your phobia is irrational and giving you the tools to both face the object or situation you fear and quieten repetitive paranoid thoughts that you might encounter it. Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the method we most often use at Online Therapy Clinic to treat phobias.[ultimate_spacer height=”30″]