Hypnotherapist, Diploma in Counselling Skills, BSIC, Advanced Trainee of Transactional Analysis, Advanced Skills in Counselling
12 years experience
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Therapy for phobias does not really work in the long run.
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When it comes to curing phobias, therapy like cognitive behavioral therapy has a very good track record. This kind of therapy has been known to help patients in facing and eventually conquering their fears. Gradually and repeatedly facing the main fear that you have will help you cure your phobia.
What is Phobia?
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The intense and irrational fear of something as simple as climbing up to terrace can be termed as a phobia. This fear usually stops a person from conducting a very normal and routine activity because thoughts of negative consequences may fill his or her mind. When you find yourself sweating and palpitating at the thought of doing a particular activity, then it may be time to seek therapy for that phobia.
You cannot engage your senses to control your phobia.
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The senses will necessarily have to be engaged in order for you to effectively deal with your phobia. This is an active method of distraction which can bring your mind back to the present, and it is especially helpful when you are plagued by fears of future consequences. You can listen to sounds like ocean waves or go through aromatherapy in order to use your senses to control your phobia.
What are the symptoms of a phobia?
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There are a number of symptoms that will show up when the phobia surfaces, and this usually happens when you are about to embark on the related activity which may trigger the fear. Some of the most common symptoms may include difficulty in breathing where you chest may even hurt with the effort, sweating profusely and accelerated heartbeat as well. Drinking a glass of water or a cup of hot tea can help in distracting and soothing you, when you are suffering from a phobia.
Breathing exercises can help in calming down the senses when a phobia strikes.
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There are a number of breathing techniques that help you bring your phobia under control. You can deep breathe by powering your abdomen so that the hyperventilating or shallow breaths may be curbed. Try to find a quiet place where you can practice some deep breathing exercises when you are facing any of your fears and phobias. It is important to keep the back upright because the posture will help you concentrate and breathe properly.