Phobias and Fears

Specific Phobias

Specific phobia refers to a severe fear of an object or situation that poses little to no real danger.  While you may know your fear doesn't make sense or that it is irrational, you may have difficulty with the effects it has on you. Just thinking about it may lead to anxiety or panic. Some common phobias include insects, spiders, snakes, dogs, flying, and needles.

Agoraphobia or Social Phobia

Both of these phobias may lead to isolation, lower self esteem, panic attacks, anxiety, and depression.

Individuals who are afflicted by agoraphobia often avoid open spaces and crowds.

Social Phobia on the other hand is more deeply rooted in shyness. It leads to a lot of avoidance of situations that may trigger any anxiety. Unfortunately the avoidance often makes problems worse.

Some symptoms that sufferers may experience when they encounter a phobia evoking object or situation include:

  • Increased heart beat
  • Fear of losing control
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Nausea
  • Avoidance
  • Shaking
  • Sweating
  • Panic
  • Anxiety
     

Avoidance of the phobias continues to maintain them and prevents us from recovering from them. Our therapists will work with you a comfortable pace to desensitize to the phobias, and rebuild your self-esteem.