Fears & Phobias

Fears & Phobias

A fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat which causes a change a change in behavior, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. Fear may occur in response to a specific stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat perceived as a risk to body or life.. Many of us have fears about particular objects or situations, and this is perfectly normal. A fear becomes a phobia if it lasts for more than six months, and has a significant impact on how you live your day-to-day life.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent fear of an object or situation. The symptoms of a phobia involve experiencing intense fear and anxiety when faced with the situation or object that you are afraid of.  If your phobia is severe, thinking about the object of your phobia can also trigger these symptoms. Experiencing this type of acute fear is extremely unpleasant and can be very frightening. It may make you feel stressed, out of control and overwhelmed. It may also lead to feelings of embarrassment, anxiety or depression.

As a result, many people with phobias avoid situations where they might have to face their fear. While this is an effective strategy to start with, avoiding your fears often causes them to become worse, and can start to have a significant impact on how you live your life.

Hypnotherapy is wonderfully effective in dealing with fears and phobias by helping to change the perception of those situations and objects so they no long pose a threat.

Common Phobias:

  1. Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
  2. Ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
  3. Acrophobia – fear of heights.
  4. Agoraphobia – fear of open or crowded spaces.
  5. Cynophobia – fear of dogs.
  6. Astraphobia – fear of thunder/lightning.
  7. Claustrophobia – fear of small spaces.
  8. Mysophobia – fear of germs.
  9. Aerophobia – fear of flying.
  10. Carcinophobia – fear of cancer.
  11. Thanatophobia – fear of death.
  12. Glossophobia – fear of public speaking.
  13. Monophobia – fear of being alone.
  14. Atychiphobia – fear of failure.
  15. Ornithophobia – fear of birds.
  16. Trypanophobia – fear of needles.
  17. Aquaphobia – fear of water.
  18. Hemophobia – fear of blood.
  19. Ailurophobia – fear of cats.
  20. Koumpounophobia – fear of buttons.