Some non-sufferers might struggle to take them seriously, but phobias can have a devastating effect on a person’s wellbeing and a phobia can lead to the individual having to adapt their lifestyle in order to avoid being confronted with their deepest fears.
While some people can cope with their phobias without it taking over their life, for others it can stop them living a full life The worst kind of phobias can mean the end to a social activities and a loss of confidence due to agoraphobia, or social phobia can make people feel overly anxious about going out and meeting new people.
Understanding and beating phobias
Phobias are an irrational fear about something. Some of these concerns such as flying can be perfectly understandable. However, other phobias like the fear of clowns or of innocuous items that wouldn’t bother most people can be much more difficult to understand and manage.
However, with the right support, and a better understanding of what triggers it, a phobia does not have to dictate your life or how you live it. Many studies have shown that hypnosis can been an effective treatment for a range different phobias, and the newspapers often feature stories of people who had their phobias cured after seeking the help of a hypnotherapist.
In 2011, the Daily Mail reported how one lady had a fear of her horse cured after one session of hypnosis. Another woman, who had an unusual fear of stickers, which left her unable to wrap up presents or even go clothes shopping due to an irrational fear of the clothes labels, was also cured with hypnotherapy.
If you are suffering from a phobia, the first thing to remember is that you are not alone. Statistics from the Royal Society of Psychiatrists in the UK show that one in ten people have a phobia of some sort.
Sometimes medication is used to help control the anxiety that comes with a phobia, but this is not a route that some people want to take due to the potential side effects, and this aside, medication does not address the reasons behind the phobia.
Hypnotherapy and phobias
A hypnotherapist can help an individual to understand where their phobia began and provide the tools and strategies to manage their greatest fears and change their attitude towards them. Hypnotherapy is also extremely useful for helping people to better manage the anxiety that is associated with phobias.