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Phobias

You may have come across people who fear riding in a lift or hesitate to enter a room when they see a lizard. Maybe you noticed it yourself. These kinds of unreasonable fears are phobias, linked to real things, people or circumstances. Phobias are negative feelings that arise from a certain stimuli and induce fear and thus classify as an anxiety disorder. Behavioural therapy for phobias can help dealing with almost all types of phobias.

Phobias

Facts To Know!!

  • Phobia is the most common type of anxiety.
  • Fear and phobia are not the same things.
  • Social phobia is the world's third-largest psychological issue.
  • There are over 400 distinct phobias.
  • People with Specific phobias can conquer their phobias with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Phobias

Watch short video introduction on what Phobias looks like.

What causes Phobias?

  • Many specific phobias are due to childhood experience or trauma.

  • Phobias is a learned behaviour that may have been observed.

  • If a parent is phobic, the inherited genes are more likely to cause a phobia.

  • People can have specific phobias even if they just heard or read about the phobic situation.

Difficulty staying alone

Thoughts of being judged

Panic attack

Breathing difficulty

Avoidance of social gathering

Pain in chest

Dry mouth

Nausea

Symptoms of Phobias?

Treatment

  • Medication - After a full assessment of your needs, the therapist will examine and prescribe medication.

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - It involves teaching practical skills to deal with phobic symptoms.

  • Exposure therapy - It is the most effective intervention that aims at progressively bringing back individuals to objects or situations in a controlled manner.

  • Relaxation techniques - such as breathing exercises for getting control over breathing difficulty or rapid heartbeat.

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