Are you scared stiff of spiders? Petrified of heights? Does the prospect of taking a lift fill you with terror? Well you are not alone! These are just some of the things people have reported being incredibly fearful of. In reality however, the list of phobias is as eclectic as it is never-ending for example whilst some people fear open spaces (Agoraphobia) others fear enclosed spaces (Claustrophobia).
Although it is understandable to be cautious about things that carry a slight risk for example by driving carefully or feeling a little nervous about flying. For those with these particular phobias, their fear would typically be extreme with the prospect of driving or flying inducing a level of fear that is so distressing it interferes with their ability to function. Whilst fear acts as our protector when it motivates us to escape danger if we should be faced with poisonous spiders or venous snakes for example, many people describe intense fear of things which are not dangerous for example going to the dentist (Dentophobia) or attending a party (Social Phobia).
At SWAN we understand how limiting your Phobia can be for you. We appreciate that a phobia/s can greatly limit your ability to function effectively at work, home or school. The good news is that help is at hand. The way phobias develop is relatively complex, however treatment is typically straightforward. If you would like find out how we might work with your phobia then give us a call today!
"Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out."
Karl Augustus Menninger