Definition of phobia
Phobia is an intense and permanent fear of a certain object, situation or activity that causes the individual who suffers from it to lead a limited life. It also causes disproportionate anxiety to the situation and the victim who suffers it is aware that his fear is irrational and excessive but he cannot control it.
Types of Phobia
- Agoraphobia: fear and avoidance of being in places where the person does not feel safe, hence this fear is usually experienced in large and public spaces
- Specific Phobia: fear and avoidance of certain objects or situations.
Various Types of Specific Phobia:
- Animal-type phobia: fear refers to animals or insects
- Environmental phobia: fear refers to situations related to nature and atmospheric phenomena such as storms, cliffs or water
- Blood-injection-damage phobia: fear refers to the sight of blood or wounds, or to receiving injections or other medical interventions
- Situational type phobia: fear refers to specific situations such as public transport, tunnels, bridges, elevators, airplanes, or closed spaces.
- Social Phobia: fear and avoidance of social situations or performances in public for fear that they will be embarrassing
How does having a Phobia limit us?
The life of a person who feels Phobia is very difficult. Situations or objects that for a normal person are trivial, for a person who feels phobia can be very troublesome and distressing. Having a Phobia can lead to:
- do not leave home
- losing relationships with friends and family
- changes in behavior
- changes in daily life
- job changes
- city changes
- general discomfort throughout the body
- emotional instability
How to overcome the Phobia?
Having Phobia is a very serious and serious matter and it is necessary the help of a psychologist to treat it. However, I am going to give you a series of tips to treat the anxiety that derives from these phobias in order to help you regain your normal life.
The secret is to change the interpretation that we make (or that our brain makes) of the so-called negative thoughts, therefore:
- learn how your brain works
- know what your brain does to be well and calm
- Identify what makes your brain send you negative thoughts that cause anxiety
- be aware that these thoughts are irrational
- look for alternative techniques to the ones you used and stick with the ones that make you feel good
- automate those techniques to prevent it from happening again
Greetings to all and until next time, Andrea.
IMPORTANT: If you think you have a problem that you cannot solve yourself, do not hesitate to go to a Psychologist. You can access it through the Social Security Family Doctor, who will refer you to the specialist and will attend you for free.
Topics related to having a phobia:
- How to overcome the fear of flying
- How to control negative thoughts
- Panic attacks
- Feeling depressed