Get The Help You Need to Overcome Fears and Phobias
It is estimated that between 8% to 18% of the US population alone suffers from some type of phobia. That means that nearly one in every five people suffer from an intense and irrational fear of something. Many people suffering from phobias go through life feeling like they are prisoners, too afraid to step outside and enjoy all that life has to offer. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are treatment options available that can help you to overcome your fears and start living a normal, healthy life.
Types of Phobias
There are many different types of phobias, each with their own unique set of symptoms. Some of the most common phobias include:
- Agoraphobia: This is a fear of being in situations where escape might be difficult or help would not be available if needed. People suffering from agoraphobia often avoid large crowds or open spaces.
- Social phobia: Also known as social anxiety disorder, this is a fear of being judged by others or of being embarrassed in social situations. People suffering from social phobia often avoid social gatherings or interactions.
- Specific phobias: These are irrational fears of specific objects or situations, such as snakes, dogs, or other animals, heights, flying, blood, or needles. People suffering from specific phobias will often go to great lengths to avoid the thing they are afraid of.
- Panic disorder: This is characterized by recurrent episodes of intense fear or terror (panic attacks) that usually come on suddenly and without warning. Panic attacks can include physical symptoms such as a pounding heart, shortness of breath, chest pain, sweating, trembling, and dizziness.
- You can find a comprehensive list of specific phobias here: https://www.verywellmind.com/list-of-phobias-2795453
There are many different treatment options available for people suffering from phobias. The type of treatment that is right for you will depend on the severity and type of your phobia as well as your personal preferences and commitment level. Some common treatment options include:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): EMDR is a type of psychotherapy that works to change the negative thoughts associated with phobias. In EMDR sessions, we work to replace the irrational, maladaptive thoughts that your phobia is based on with positive thoughts.
- Relaxation techniques: Relaxation techniques such as guided imagery, meditation, and deep breathing can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels and improve overall mental health.
- Exposure therapy: Exposure therapy involves gradually exposing clients to the object or situation they are afraid of until they no longer feel afraid. This can be done in a controlled environment such as a therapist’s office or in real-life situations such as flying on an airplane.
Phobias can be extremely debilitating, but there is hope. If you suffer from a phobia, please know that you are not alone and there are treatment options available to help you overcome your fear and start living a normal, healthy life again. You don’t have to journey alone!