Fears and Phobias

 

A phobia is an intense fear caused by a particular object or situation.

There are a wide variety of phobias, such as claustrophobia or agoraphobia, fear of flying, of spiders, of social situations and many more. The level of fear felt by the sufferer is out of all proportion to the threat posed by the object or situation. The sufferer usually knows that their response is irrational, but they are unable to control it. Phobias are very common.

They could be caused by excessive anxiety, learned from someone else (for example, a parent passing on their fear of thunderstorms to their children), or a result of past trauma. A phobia may even be a fear of a fear, for example, being frightened of having a panic attack. If left untreated, phobias can intensify and can severely affect the daily life of the sufferer.

Luckily, hypnotherapy can successfully treat many phobias by gently desensitizing the patient to the feared object or situation while they are in a pleasant state of hypnosis. Using the power of the patient’s unconscious mind, a skilled hypnotherapist can eradicate the phobia without the patient having to confront the fear directly.

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