Phobias are a type of extreme fear and an anxiety disorder which affects around 8% of the UK population at some point of their lives. Many people have heard of phobias such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and claustrophobia (fear of confined spaces) but there are countless other triggers where the person feels at risk even when they know rationally they are not.
To combat phobias and reduce the risk of them becoming debilitating, to the point where the person is affected and unable to live a normal life, we offer various treatments including therapy that help to deal with the fear and the reasons for anxieties.
Phobia therapy can include psychotherapy and counselling combined, these two work together in order to find strategies to overcome phobias. Phobia treatment psychology helps to understand the reasons for worries and anxieties that may not be seen from an inside view. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy brings about responses to situations and feelings that are overall more positive than before. BREVIN offer phobia therapy and treatment at your home, meaning there are no additional anxieties. For phobia treatment tailored to you and your needs, contact us today and we’ll offer help and guidance through phobias and the best way to manage them on a day to day basis.
Phobia signs are very similar to traditional anxiety symptoms due to this being at the root of the disorder. Symptoms can include:
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish a fear from a phobia, but generally a phobia would be diagnosed if
Phobias can develop at any time in a person's life, but specific phobias (intense fears of a specific trigger e.g. snakes) generally begin early in childhood, between the ages of four to eight. These can sometimes be caused by children seeing parents or peers react to a trigger in a negative way, installing a feeling of fear which then grows and manifests into a specific phobia. It is therefore recommended to try and tackle these phobias when they first begin and familiarize children with the things they fear (self-exposure therapy) to allow the fear to dissipate.
Complex phobias, such as agoraphobia (fear of open spaces and crowds) and social phobia (fear of social situations) often develop later in life, from late teens to early adulthood. These often stem from experiencing panic attacks or being shy (social phobia) which then lead to avoiding any situation that could trigger the fear. These can be much more difficult to overcome and people will often find their life is limited due to their complex phobias.
There are many phobias, but some are more common than others. Social phobia and agoraphobia are some of the most disabling due to the amount of day to day situations that can trigger fear, but more specific phobias such as a fear of snakes may only affect a person should they be close to one. However, sometimes phobias can induce symptoms when the person thinks about their fear or talks about it.
Other common phobias include:
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