Fears & Phobias
IS A FEAR OR PHOBIA KEEPING YOU FROM DOING THINGS YOU WANT TO DO?
- Do you get queasy at the thought of needles?
- Are you terrified of things that crawl?
- Are you fearful of being in confined spaces?
- Does just the thought of flying increase your heart rate?
- Do you avoid driving on certain highways or avoid driving altogether?
- Do you avoid social situations?
- Do you take the stairs because the thought of using the elevator is too unnerving?
- Would you rather cut off your arm than speak in front of a group?
- Do you automatically think you have a brain tumor if you have a headache?
The terms fear and phobia are similar in meaning but have some notable differences.
Fear is a normal and healthy part of life and keeps us from away from dangerous situations. Typically fears can be managed through reason and logic.
A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of something that is unlikely to cause harm. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. There is still a lot of unknown when it comes to the actual cause of phobia. Brian, chemical, genetics, cultural factors and traumatic experiences appear to influence the development of phobias.
If you have a simple fear, you will not spend much time thinking about it unless you are forced to confront it. I personally have a fear of scuba diving in a cave and getting stuck. But…guess what? I NEVER have to scrub dive in a cave so it really isn’t a problem in my life.
If you have a phobia, you are likely to develop a fear of the feeling of fear itself (that anxious feeling) and may change your daily routine in an effort to avoid any possible triggers. You may dwell on it obsessively. EXAMPLE #1: You drive 20 minutes out of your way to avoid THAT bridge. EXAMPLE #2: You run out of the room crying and hyperventilating because there is a spider in the corner and your husband has to come kill it.
Fears and phobias have some differences. Fear is the feeling of not wanting to do something because of the possible consequences or because of the unknown. Someone with a fear might need to be coaxed into doing an action. People with a phobia have a much stronger sense of fear. A phobia would stop them from doing certain things in life because of the intense uncontrollable fear.
GET RELIEF AND FEEL BETTER SO THAT YOU CAN:
KILL A SPIDER,
DRIVE OVER A BRIDGE
DRIVE ON THE HIGHWAY OF YOUR CHOICE
FLY ON A PLANE COMFORTABLY,
OR WHATEVER IT IS THAT YOU WANT TO DO BUT CAN’T.
If you are tired of feeling fearful, you have come to the right place. I provide a unique customized approach so that you can do those things you want to do but can’t – like drive over a bridge, ride an elevator, fly to Europe, go to the top of the tallest skyscraper without feeling like you are going to have a heart attack.
I use the latest techniques in neuro-science so that you can do that thing you want to do but are afraid of.
It really doesn’t matter why you have the fear or phobia. What matters is that you are able to eliminate the it and move into a feeling of comfort so that you can live your life. Collaboratively with you, I will help you unlock your abilities to take back control of how you feel so that you can do those things you want to do.
Eliminating a fear or a phobia is a process of releasing what is holding you back and turning old weaknesses into new strengths.