Phobias and fears can become severely limiting if they start to impact on your willingness and ability to take on daily challenges. The most common phobias and fears that we encounter include fear of flying, fear of dentists & doctors, fear of germs and disease, fear of insects and spiders, fear of snakes, birds, dogs and other animals. We also encounter fear of particular places and circumstances (agoraphobia) or closed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of heights, fear of drowning and water in general. We’ve encountered instances of fear of bridges and ferries.
Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder, and they are very common. They’re estimated to affect more than 30% of adults at some time in their lives, and it is estimated that up to 12% of adults are suffering from a phobia at any point in time1. From a medical perspective, phobias are generally categorised as
- fears related to animals (spiders, dogs, insects etc.)
- fears related to the natural environment (heights, thunder, darkness etc.)
- fears related to blood, injury, or medical issues (injections, broken bones, falls etc.)
- fears related to specific situations (flying, riding an elevator, driving etc.)
- other fears, for example choking, drowning, loud noises etc.
The range of medically described phobias is large, and some people are dealing with more than one at a time. If the feared item is rarely encountered then we often just put up with the fear, and take steps to avoid the trigger. However, it’s possible for a phobia to be triggered by a traumatic experience, and it’s quite common for the source of the phobia to be relatively commonplace, for example, escalators and lifts.
How can we help?
Anxiety and worry are common symptoms of phobias and we find that we can use specific techniques to reframe our perception of the triggering item or circumstance in order to relieve your experience of the phobia or fear.
Even though you may have lived with a phobia for many years, it can usually be quickly relieved and addressed.
At Hypnosis Sydney, we understand how to help you address and deal with your fears and phobias, helping you to get past any blocking issues and live your life free of these debilitating fears and phobias.