Phobias involve an intense fear which is linked to a trigger which may be an event, physical sensation, situation or object. Particular phobias can involve heights, enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), being outdoors (agoraphobia), fear of flying, needles, spiders (arachnophobia), snakes, being sick (emetophobia).
As part of our survival mechanism, the brain is very quick to make a connection between intense fear and any linked event or circumstance. When the person with a phobia sees or is reminded of the feared object or situation their mind tells them they are in danger which triggers the anxiety response, resulting in many different bodily sensations. These feelings confirm that they are in danger. As a result of this the person will try to avoid seeing, thinking or being reminded of it. You may experience increased breathing and heart rate, sweating, trembling and an overwhelming desire to escape as a result of your phobia.
Talking Therapies can offer different types of therapy and support for these types of difficulties. To discuss how talking therapies might help you please – Refer Yourself and you will be contacted to arrange an initial First Appointment.