Fear is a normal response to a genuine danger. If you're about to be attacked you need some adrenaine running through your body to get you out of there! With phobias, however, irrational fears often cause you to experience intense feelings of panic, terror, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling and an overwhelming desire to get out of the situation even though logically you know there is no real danger.
Phobias are very common and affect people of all ages, from all walks of life and in every part of the country. It is estimated that at least 10% or more of the population experience a phobia at some point in their life. If the phobia is of a common object or situation the disability can be really severe.
Nearly all of us have some fears that tend to make us feel uncomfortable from time to time. However, when the emotions are sufficiently bottled up, the inner mind will create a phobia. A phobia is a pathological fear which is incredibly intense and totally uncontrollable.
Many phobias appear to make no sense at all. If we take a fear of flying, for example, logically you will know that flying is one of the safest forms of transport there is but you still feel completely powerless and terrified sitting in the cramped cabin of the plane. On a conscious level you're experiencing a fear of being 'out of control' and this can cause you to feel shaky, short of breath, palpitations, sweating etc.
The phobia, though, is just a symbolic representation of your out of control thinking. There is no reason why anyone should have to put up with something that is inside of themselves but outside of their control.
The only way to get rid of the phobia permanently is to learn how to manage your thinking. Once you've done that using the Thrive programme then the symptoms will simply disappear - for good!
Here is a list of phobias and their meanings.
The symptoms can often be the same as having a panic attack.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a serious anxiety-related that affects people regardless of gender and social or cultural background. Sufferers often go undiagnosed for many years, partially because of a lack of understanding of the condition, and partially because of the intense feelings of embarrassment, guilt and sometimes even shame associated with what is often called the 'secret illness'. Click here for more information about this disorder.
Fears, phobias and panic attacks respond really well to Thrive which is a highly effective training programme that is painless and safe.
There is no reason why you should have to put up with these limiting phobias or fears. If you are prepared to devote your time and effort to the treatment you can free yourself from all the things that are holding you back and keeping you stuck - you deserve a happy and positive future!
Since a young boy I have suffered from shy bladder. Over the years I tried a multitude of different things but nothing seemed to work. After 5 sessions with Liz the improvement has been remarkable and only getting better every day. Forever grateful.
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Come in to my clinic in Melbourne where I am able to efficiently and professionally help you to have relief from your fears, phobias or panic attacks. Many issues can now be dealt with via Skype sessions if you are unable to come in.
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