It is estimated that as much as 18% of the American population exhibits phobia symptoms. Reportedly, phobias are the second most common mental illness among men and the most common among woman. There are numerous amounts of phobias that people suffer from. A phobia is basically an illogical fear of something. Most people who suffer from phobias realize there is no rational reason to be scared of that fear. However, the fear they endure is very legitimate. The most common symptom of fear is to panic.
Complex phobias are not so easy to cure. These phobias have begun because of many triggering events. The phobia in this case may actually be a symptom of a deeper unresolved problem. In this case, the emotional issues must first be dealt with before the phobia can be.
Brontophobia – People who have absolutely no fear of the night rolling in can still get a jolt of fear when they see the skies starting to darken. Instead of nighttime approaching, the darkening skies for them are a sign of storm on the way. The fear of thunder and lightning is so bad in some folks that it will send them scampering into closets or crawling under beds in an attempt to escape the coming storm. Just imagine how bad it would be if you had this phobia in addition to fear of the dark, constantly worrying that the power might go out during the storm or that you might not survive this storm.
Environmental noise phobias are a frequent occurrence among dogs. This is not something to be afraid of. Most dog owners have experienced their dogs acting unnaturally around environmental noises, and if you’re one of them, then you’d better start doing something about it.
Agoraphobia – While many situations that spark phobias can be avoided, agoraphobia encompasses a number of different fears, the majority of which are impossible to avoid. They include fear of open spaces, stepping outside, being placed in social conditions and much more. This is actually one of the more debilitating phobias that anyone can suffer from.
A waterfall is an awesome creation. You can be fascinated or frightened by it, depending on how you perceive it. If you see it as a scenic spot, you associate it with fun, adventure, and beauty. If you see it as a dangerous setting, you associate it with accidents, drowning, and tragedy. Yet, in reality, it is nothing but the action of freely falling water on rocks and the river below. It cannot mean harm on anyone because it cannot think and make such plans. It is an innocent flow of nature. Its being dangerous or fun really depends on people’s perception of it.
For example some people are afraid of flying. Why? Probably because they have heard about some plane crashes and that all of the people died in those accidents. Of course plane accidents do happen, and usually all of the people who are in such accidents die. But the same people who are afraid of flying are usually not afraid of traveling in cars and on buses. Cars accidents cause many more deaths than airplane accidents. The probability of dieing in the car accident is much higher than in plane accident. Flying is the safest way of traveling. So, why people are afraid of flying? Like with most phobias the reason is that they do not control their minds. Acrophobia – How many times have you seen a TV show or movie where a person sees a spider and jumps up on a chair to escape from it? That may not be an option for folks who also suffer from acrophobia, which is a fear of height. Although stepping up on a chair doesn’t always trigger that phobia, it often doesn’t take more than a few extra feet to get the sweat dripping and the blood pumping. One common misconception is that vertigo and acrophobia is the same thing, but vertigo is actually dizziness that is brought on by heights rather than a fear.
While you don’t necessarily have to be clinophobic to be somniphobic, it doesn’t really matter once you realize that going to sleep is never an option anymore! A person with somniphobia fears sleep while a person suffering from clinophobia fears beds. I’m sure a clinophobic could just sleep standing up. However, humans need the REM cycles of sleep to help digest their everyday thoughts and activities. Without sleep, a person could, potentially, slowly go insane due to fatigue and too many screws loose in the noggin. We all have nightmares, but can you imagine having a waking nightmare about going to sleep?
Drugs don’t cure phobias. There is medication that can be prescribed, but like all anxiety medication, the symptoms return once the medications is stopped. Hypnosis offers a drug free treatment and cure. The problem with phobia is that the diagnosis comes late. This is because the patient will not exhibit the symptoms if it is not very distressing or if it is not frequently encountered. Now, if it has been identified to be impairing to the person, then it will be treated depending on the severity of the phobia. Different types of phobias require different approach in treating them.
Localized phobias are actually easy to cure with hypnosis. These are phobias that are signalized. For example, the fear of cats or the fear of flying are singular phobias. These have been known to be treated with just a few sessions of hypnosis. Whatever event caused the phobia may not have been so traumatic at the time. It could have possibly happened at a young age and the mind did not understand it or know how to take it. This grew and eventually became subconscious, even though, now the mature mind would know that is was not as bad. At the very least, the mature mind would know how to handle the situation. Cognitive-behavioral therapy works well with certain phobias. You essentially dig into your specific thoughts and behaviors and work to overcome them. This is done in both group settings and one on one.
Would you like another way to cure phobia yourself? For instance, if you are afraid of lizards, research those lizards as much as you can. Learn about tegus, iguanas, bearded dragons, monitors, collard lizards and all the rest. Learn what they eat, how they live and what they do. You will learn that they truly are capable of being friendly and many of them have them as pets. Personally, we have never been afraid of lizards as we have many of them, but we have always been afraid of spiders, until we researched them and learnt about them. Now, we have a pet tarantula that we hold everyday. You see, curing your phobia is all about confronting those fears and learning about them.
Most people might think that couch potatoes have this fear of standing up and walking. It’s not true; most couch potatoes are just adverse to the idea. However, a person with stasibasiphobia could very well never get anything done in life, unless he was confined to a wheelchair. But what happens if that person is afraid of someone else standing up and walking? Does that mean the phobic must live in isolation in a sitting position for the rest of his life? What a drag!
Sometimes, we may be nervous doing a certain things that may be scary. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship hockey game in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in your mind. Imagine that your playing in front of a large audience. By playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform for real when the time comes. Self Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of a coming situation.
Take a look at emotional freedom techniques, (EFT) I personally love this therapy, although if your worry is deep I would recommend only taking this on with a qualified practitioner. Acupuncture can also help a lot.