Phobias: Freeing yourself from yourself #FreedomMonth
24 Apr 2018 HEALTH & WELLNESS
By Zuko Komisa
Going through life with a phobia can be the most uncomfortable feeling ever. The intense feeling of fear over something that in most cases poses little or no danger towards you can bring about an unsettling feeling that can make your life miserable.
These fears, though irrational, first manifest in childhood or later in life terrorizing you until you confront them.
Common phobias include,
Mysophobia – Fear of Germs.
Acrophobia – Fear of Heights.
Agoraphobia – Fear of Having a Panic Attack in Public.
Mysophobia – Fear of Germs.
Cynophobia – Fear of Dogs.
Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders.
Ophidiophobia – Fear of Snakes.
When examining whether you have a certain phobia, you need to be on the lookout for the following symptoms:
Shortness of breath, trembling or shaking, headaches, unsteadiness, dizziness, and light-headedness, nausea, sweating, increased heart rate or palpitations.
If you find that you have these phobias don’t be alarmed, you are not the only one. Well-known personalities around the world have their own phobias that they are dealing with, such as Oprah who has a bubblegum phobia or P Diddy has a phobia of toes. Robert Deniro like many people and has a phobia of dentists, while Jennifer Aniston, Michael Jackson Whoopi Goldberg, and DJ Khaled are afraid of flying.
Treatment: Exposure therapy, Counseling, Medication & Meditation
There are a number of ways to deal with your phobia, with every step requiring that you first acknowledge you have a problem and need help. Here are a few ways that can help:
This is one of the most common ways of dealing with a phobia.It involves being exposed to your phobia in a controlled manner, this subtle method helps patients overcome their anxieties. It’s very effective in dealing with a specific phobia, anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, an obsessive-compulsive disorder as well as PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder).
This is done through cognitive behavioral therapy, which is the model of counseling most effective in anxiety disorders, panic attacks, stress compulsive disorders, phobias, and trauma. As a patient, this helps with alleviating the symptoms which are causing and fueling the anxiety.
Medication & Meditation
Even though we don’t recommend taking medication to treat a phobia, it has a way reducing the anxiety and panic symptoms you experience from thinking about or being exposed to the object or situation you fear. Speak to your doctor for the right medication in this regard. Opting for meditation and hypnosis is also another option to explore, a common truth in most cases is that all phobias are from your mind. You need to convince your mind that your phobia is irrational and free yourself from it.