How to Overcome Your Phobia
Spiders. Heights. Crowds. Public speaking. Your mother-in-law. We all are secretly afraid of something. However, if your fears are radically interfering with your life, then you may have a phobia.
A phobia is an unrelenting fear of an object or situation that the sufferer takes great lengths to avoid. In the event that the phobia cannot be avoided entirely, the sufferer will feel increasing levels of distress, anxiety and nervousness. There are three basic types of phobias including social phobias, agoraphobia (which is the fear of places or situations) and specific phobias.
If you think that you might have a phobia, it is very important to discuss your treatment options with your doctor. There are many different kinds of treatments available, but only your physician will know which one could work best for you.
One popular treatment for phobias closely mirrors that of other anxiety disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that helps to teach you new ways of thinking about your fear and also gradually exposes you to it until you become more comfortable. CBT has a high recovery rate among patients, but it’s a lengthy form of therapy and often very uncomfortable in the beginning stages. If you want to pursue CBT for your phobia, you need to be 100% dedicated or else it won’t work.
There are also many brands of medication available to treat phobias and the anxiety that accompanies them. Some of these medications include Klonopin.
If you feel like you can cope with your phobia without the help of a therapist or medication, there are several things you can do in order to tackle the problem by yourself. You should investigate the different self-help treatments available to you by checking out professionally developed resources. Some of these treatments include facing your phobia on your own or joining a support group. Meeting new people who share the same intense fear as you do will show that you’re not alone and will give you the support that you need.
If you want to beat your phobia the high-tech way, then you could use computer simulation environments. These virtual realities immerse you in a three-dimensional world of sights and sounds where you’ll be able to face your fear head on.
Phobias can be difficult things to overcome, but they do not have to rule your life. If you receive the proper help and guidance, you will be able to break free of your fear and anxiety and live a normal life. Just make sure to discuss your treatment options with your doctor before you commit to any. This way, you will receive the professional advice that you need in order to take control of your life again.
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About Stephanie Weaver Stephanie is a full time freelance writer from Philly. In her spare time, she enjoys playing roller derby and spending time with her English bulldog, Brit.