Are you Struggling with a Phobia?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy has been shown to be the most effective method of treating specific phobias. This treatment usually involves an educational component so that you can understand and normalise your experiences of fear and anxiety, can work with your fears and beliefs and can slowly carry out exposure exercises until you build up to your most feared trigger without employing safety behaviours.
What is a Phobia?
A phobia is an unreasonable fear of a situation or object. Common phobias include fear of animals, birds, insects, heights, enclosed spaces and the sight of blood or injury. The physiology of fear experienced with phobias can include palpitations, breathlessness, sweating and dizziness. Negative and anxious thoughts are common with phobias, e.g. “I’m trapped,” “What if I fall?”
When to seek treatment
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What you need to know
Negative experiences. Many phobias develop as a result of having a negative experience or panic attack related to a specific object or situation.
Genetics and environment. There may be a link between your own specific phobia and the phobia or anxiety of your parents — this could be due to genetics or learned behavior.
Brain function. Changes in brain functioning also may play a role in developing specific phobias.