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Fears & Phobias

Fear v's Phobia... What's the Difference? 

A fear is an emotional response to a real or perceived threat. A phobia is similar to a fear with one key difference: the anxiety someone experiences is so strong that it interferes with their quality of life and/or their ability to function. Fear is a natural emotion that protects people from harm when they face real and imminent danger. A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear or anxiety related to specific objects or situations that are out of proportion to the actual danger they present.

There are many different fears and phobias that people suffer with. Some of the most common ones are as follows:

  • Arachnophobia: The fear of spiders. This phobia tends to affect women more than men.

  • Ophidiophobia: The fear of snakes.

  • Acrophobia: The fear of heights.

  • Agoraphobia: The fear of situations in which escape is difficult. This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home. Approximately one third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.

  • Cynophobia: The fear of dogs. This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.

  • Astraphobia: The fear of thunder and lightning.

  • Trypanophobia: The fear of injections. 

  • Social Phobias: The fear of social situations. In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.

  • Pteromerhanophobia: The fear of flying.

  • Mysophobia: The fear of germs or dirt. May be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Fears & phobias exist in our subconscious mind and are often learned responses, with the negative emotions associated often getting trapped in the present, meaning that these emotions manifest over and over again when triggered by the stimulus. However, because they are a learned response, this makes them particularly vulnerable to hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can help you unlearn the fear response, relegate the trapped emotion to a past memory where it belongs without the same emotional response needing to be felt in the present, build up your exposure to the phobia and in time ease the associated anxiety, helping you to lead a much more fulfilling life. Hypnotherapy can regress you to the point where your phobia was triggered and neutralise or remove the damaging program your sub-conscious has created to protect you from that fear. We then re-program and suggest new ways of dealing with and feeling about the phobia - meaning that you can start to live your life free from fear!

So don't delay any longer, if your life is being affected by a fear or phobia, book in for a consult today - and take back your control!

Or Call 1300 275 242 for More Information or to Book

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