Phobias are distressing emotions initiated by fears, both real and imaginary, that grow to be out-of-proportion to any actual threat to your safety. To the sufferer, a phobia can seem unbearable or even life-threatening, which an individual can go to great lengths to avoid a perceived danger, while others might find the phobias strange and bizarre.
A phobia is classified as a type of an intense stress or an anxiety disorder since anxiety is the chief symptom experienced by the sufferer. Other physical symptoms include blushing, profuse sweating, trembling, and other symptoms of anxiety, such as difficulty speaking and nausea or other stomach discomforts.
Phobias can develop during your childhood, adolescence or early adulthood and can be driven by emotions such as something that happened to you in the past, which you may or may not consciously remember, or something someone has told you about in the past or also can often be linked to a frightening event of stressful situation.
Your psychologist will partner with you. Together they will share your troubles, explore options, discuss strategies, develop a plan, build support, elicit clarity and encourage your strengths. If you want to change your mind, to change your life, your psychologist will get the outcome you deserve.
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Phobias can be treated
Overcoming any phobia involves working on yourself and your coping skills. Discussing your phobia with a phobia psychologist and what might be causing the phobia will give you a starting point. Relief from your phobia can occur in little steps, each bringing you closer to the goal of being phobia-free, or least understand how best to manage your phobia so it doesn’t negatively impact on your quality of life.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, CBT can be used to develop practical ways of dealing with your phobia. Also learning Mindfulness skills is another therapeutic approach used in phobia counselling, as you learn how to relax and control your thoughts and body sensations so you can become less distressed due to the mind and body being calmer, allowing you to be less overwhelmed. With a number of phobia counselling sessions, the phobia begins to dissipate, and eventually, may even be extinguished completely.
The impact of phobias can vary from person to person. For some people, their phobia is a side issue in their life and rarely becomes relevant. Other people organise their life around avoiding their phobia
If you want to seek help about your phobia, a Counselling in Melbourne phobia psychologist will partner with you to ensure you get the outcome you deserve, please call us on (03) 9376 1958 or book online.
The top 10 phobias (in no specific order) are:
- Mysophobia – The fear of germs
- Aerophobia – The fear of flying
- Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces
- Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces
- Acrophobia – The fear of heights
- Astraphobia – The fear of thunder and lightning
- Trypophobia – The fear of holes
- Cynophobia – The fear of dogs
- Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes
- Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders