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A-Z of Phobias

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Overcoming phobias

Phobias are persistent, irrational fears of certain objects or situations. View our alphabetical list of phobias by using the A-Z menu at the top of the page.

Phobias are generally divided into three types:

"Social Phobias" are based on a fear of embarrassment in a public setting and "Specific Phobias" are fears associated with a particular object or situation. To some phobics, these fears do not seem irrational and to others, although they know it's irrational, they cannot control themselves and prevent the feelings that the phobic stimulus creates in them.

Social Phobia (Social Anxiety)

Social phobia (also known as social anxiety) is based about fears of what might happen in public situations such as fearing humiliation and embarrassment. Symptoms that may be experienced by people who are socially phobic include:

This fear and feelings of anxiety are often based on feelings of inferiority and concerns about how the sufferer is seen by others. People suffering from social phobias find that normal life situation are hampered at best, and in the worse cases made unbearable. Common pleasurable activities like eating out, going to the cinema, and even going to work can become torture.

To make matters worse, sufferers may develop symptoms like stutters and stammers or blushing which will compound the existing fears of being judges and being embarrasses and/or humiliated in public. This can lead such a person to withdraw from society and life in general.

Specific Phobias

Specific phobias are when we experience high levels of anxiety in response to a specific object or situation. One of the most common specific phobias is spiders (arachnophobia), and yet in this country at least, spiders are tiny little harmless creatures that should logically cause us any fear at all.

Generalised Phobias

Generalised phobias are phobias that relate to a range of objects or situations. For example, people suffering from climacophobia will experience difficulties may find it very difficult (or find it impossible because of such high levels of fear) to climb stairs of any type, even find it impossible to ascend on anything that resembles stairs.

As phobias can develop in response to any object or situation, there are many that are known and now recognised.

View our alphabetical list of phobias by using the A-Z menu at the top of the page.

Signs of being phobic when presented with an object or situation are:

These symptoms are in fact exactly the same as what is known as a panic attack. Panic attacks, although being the same to what phobics experience, equate to being phobic but without a stimulus to be scared of.

In some ways, we create phobias to lessen the overall harshness of the feelings we experience when having a "panic attack", as we can attribute the feelings of this internal anxiety as "being scared of spiders", or "being scared of flying", it gives the unknown a sense of being known.

Would you like to overcome your Phobia and live your life free from these feelings?  

Feel free to get in touch with me to arrange for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation, so that we can discuss your specific needs further. I look forward to hearing from you.