Although fear is a perfectly normal response and way of our brains and bodies protecting us from something dangerous, when the fear is of something irrational or is so intense that it cripples us; it is a phobia. There are many common phobias such as acrophobia (fear of heights), agoraphobia (fear of open spaces), arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces).
While mild phobias are not particularly dangerous, more severe ones can be and can make life harder for the sufferer. Fortunately, there are ways to treat and even cure phobias.
In the following article, we will look at some of the most common.
Hypnotherapy can be used to reprogram the unconscious mind processes that could be generating the fear a phobia sufferer is experiencing. If these processes can be resolved, it can mean the individual no longer has the phobia symptoms. See the Cindy Galvin website for more info about hypnotherapy can help phobias.
NLP – Neuro-linguistic Programming
Neuro-linguistic Programming is essentially the study and practice of how as individuals we create reality as we perceive it. Within the concept of NLP, fears are the result of constructs or programs you have formed that are not functioning the way you want because they are outmoded. When NLP is used, the constructs behind phobias and fears are identified, exposed and then re-programmed to weaken and minimise your phobia. It is not uncommon for phobias to be completely eliminated using NLP. This treatment is not only incredibly effective, but it is also particularly quick too.
Emotional Freedom Therapy Tapping
One form of treatment for phobias and fears that is becoming incredibly popular and effective is Emotional Freedom Therapy Tapping, also known as EFT Tapping. This is based on similar principles as acupuncture but does not use needles. It is important to understand though that there are two different forms of EFT, that are completely different. The one we are highlighting involves tapping your fingers on specific points known as tapping points, where meridian lines end. While tapping you repeat particular phrases that usually begin with ‘Even though’ then you describe your problem. You then follow on with the phrase ‘I deeply love and accept myself’.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that is used to treat numerous psychological problems such as depression, anxiety disorders and phobias to name a few.
It is a form of talk therapy that involves identifying negative thought processes and reactions, altering or replacing them with helpful or even just more realistic ones. The basic theory and practice of CBT are that our thought processes, feelings and actions all work together and have effects on one another. In other words, the way we think dictates how we feel and act. For example, negative thinking leads to distress and as a result, problems.
There are conventional medicines that can help deal with the physical symptoms of phobias such as high blood pressure, sweating and increased pulse. Beta-blocking drugs can be prescribed, though these will not actually treat or cure the actual phobia. For individuals suffering from social phobias and anxiety disorders, there is a class of anti-depressants known as SSRIs or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors like Zoloft, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil and Celexa.