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Have you ever started stammering while drenched in sweat when you step in the limelight in front of an audience? Have you ever shrieked and climbed up on to the nearest furniture when a mouse wobbled past you? Do needles ever make you feel faint? If you answered in the affirmative then you may suffer from a phobia.
Phobias are defined as the irrational fears of a situation, activity or object which makes you desire to avoid it. But phobias do not end up perturbing most of us unless they are so severe that they hamper our daily life with the anxiety they cause. Even the most distressing of phobias can be managed with effective therapy and self-help.
Around 6 million people on an average are afflicted with phobias and surprisingly the mean age for the onset of phobias was calculated to be 10 years. Women are twice as likely to suffer from phobias as men. So you can always gain solace from the fact that you are not alone with this problem.
Types of phobias
Phobias can be diverse ranging from being scared of speaking for an audience to being petrified at the sight of clowns or blood. Generally they can be classified into three basic types:
How to recognise your phobia condition
Phobias generally present with symptoms of a panic attack. If you respond with the following symptoms to a situation then there is a chance that you are phobic to it:
How to beat your fears and phobias
Most people live a miserable life in an attempt to seek escape or in an attempt to conceal your phobias. Phobias can cause hindrance in your life to a great deal. For instance people with a fear of flying will endure great pains to avoid travel. Most face detrimental performance at school or work and might even face a failed marriage in return of an attempt to struggle with their phobias. Many end up integrating difficult choices as a form of lifestyle in the fight against their phobia. But they can be managed effectively by seeking the right therapy and counselling for phobias. A Combination of psychotherapy and medications is most effective.
The various treatment options for phobias available include:
Fear is a natural human response to all things unbeatable. For many this is heightened in the shape of phobias. There are better ways than hiding for seeking solace for your phobic condition. Don’t let your phobias change your life. Strike back through the right channel and emerge victorious.
If you need support for a phobia that is getting in the way of you living a full life, Australia Counselling links you with professional counsellors, social workers and psychologists that can help. Visit our phobia page to find counsellors that work with this issue in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
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