PHOBIAS AND FEARS
Specialist Clinical Hypnotherapy Treatment In Bolton
What Are Phobias?
Phobias are an acute, overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object or situation.
They are relatively common and if you experience a phobia you are likely to be well aware that the fear is at a level where it is excessive and often irrational in relation to the object or situation but that it is still experienced in an acute way.
Phobias are categorised as either specific phobias or complex phobias.
Specific and Complex Phobias
Specific phobias are those that tend to be connected with one particular thing such as an object, animal, person, situation or activity. Specific phobias often develop in childhood, as a teenager or young adult (but can also develop later in life).
Complex phobias tend to develop later than simple phobias, usually in adulthood and due to their nature can become even more disabling. The most common forms of complex phobia are social phobia and agoraphobia.
Social Phobia is also known as Social Anxiety Disorder and involves anxiety in, around and about social situations. Agoraphobia involves anxiety about being in places which you judge to be unsafe, where you feel you may not be able to get out easily from or in which you may not be able to get help. This often means open spaces, crowded places, public transport, lifts or being outside of the home generally. It can also be experienced within the home when alone.
The Difference Between Phobias and Fears
Fear is a mental and physical response to an actual or perceived threat. This is something that anyone may experience in relation to the object or situation. Phobias on the other hand are a persistent, exaggerated and excessive level of anxiety in response to something that does not objectively pose that level of threat or danger.
The difference between phobias and fears is also therefore one of duration and impact on quality of life. A fear is considered to be phobia when it persists over time for six months or more and has a significant impact on how you live your life.
Phobias, Fears and The Anxiety Response
Anxiety is triggered when in the presence of the phobia and for many people it is also triggered, perhaps to a somewhat lesser extent, when thinking about the object or situation or seeing pictures of it etc. Added to this, many people experience what is termed ‘anticipatory anxiety’ when expecting to come into contact with the phobic stimulus.
When exposed to the object or situation the response is immediate and powerful. You experience anxiety, fear and panic mentally and for many people there is a feeling of losing control. Combined with physical feelings of nausea, a rapid, pounding heart or irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, sweating, trembling and dizziness, this makes the anxiety experienced in phobias an intense and overwhelming experience.
Due to the intensity of the fear response involved in phobias you may do almost anything to avoid coming into contact with the object or situation that triggers it.
Although this may reduce the experience of anxiety this can lead to you becoming more stressed, having a hyper vigilant awareness for the presence of the phobic stimulus and feelings of anxiety, feeling embarrassed, or experiencing low mood or depression.
Not only that, but by avoiding the fear, it can actually lead to it becoming more severe.
This all combines to make this a distressing and debilitating experience and one which can significantly impair how you lead your life and your quality of life.
Specialist Treatment for Phobias and Fears Through Clinical Hypnotherapy in Bolton
At Positive Change Hypnotherapy in Bolton we specialise in anxiety and have developed an approach over time we have found to be effective treatment in helping people with phobias and fears.
The value of specialist clinical hypnotherapy treatment of phobias becomes clear when we consider that you can be well aware that the fear is irrational and consciously understand that you shouldn’t have the extreme reaction that you do, but it happens anyway and in fact seems to ‘take over’.
This demonstrates that the best way to deal with phobias is at an unconscious level where the associational learning is located as an unconscious response to the phobic stimulus.
This is where clinical hypnotherapy with Stuart Rose, specialist hypnotherapist in anxiety treatment in Bolton can help.
We know that phobias and fears can develop in relation to absolutely any object, person, place or thing. We therefore offer you a completely non-judgemental and compassionate approach to dealing with your phobia or fear.
Our focus is fully on helping you to overcome the phobia or fear so that it no longer limits and constrains your life and how you live it, enabling you to find freedom and get over the phobia or fear for good.
A short course of treatment is usually all that is required.
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