A phobia is an extreme form of fear or anxiety which is triggered by a particular situation or object which may include such things as a fear of flying, a fear of dogs, spiders or snakes, a fear of the dentist, a fear of injections, a fear of public transport, a fear of heights, a fear of lifts or confined spaces, a fear of the dark etc.
In fact many of us have fears about particular situations or objects which is perfectly normal, however a fear becomes a phobia if:
- The fear is out of proportion to the danger
- It lasts for more than six months
- It has a significant impact on how you live your day-to-day life
Physical symptoms of phobias
The physical symptoms you can experience may include:
- Feeling dizzy, lightheaded or faint
- Tightness in the chest
- Feeling hot or cold
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea or an upset stomach
- Trembling or shaking.
Emotional symptoms of phobias
Some people may experience:
- a fear of fainting
- a fear of losing control
- If your symptoms are very intense, they could trigger a panic attack.
This type of acute fear can feel extremely unpleasant and very frightening and It may lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, depression, a loss of control and a feeling of being over whelmed.
How can Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy Help?
Cognitive behavioural Hypnotherapy can help to free you from phobias by enabling you to develop positive coping mechanisms such as deep relaxation combined with a hypnotic desensitisation treatment. Gradually through a course of 3 to 6 sessions you gradually learn how to face and overcome your fear.