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What is a fear?

A fear is like an instinctive and emotional reaction to danger. We often call situations or things fears too. You might say that you have a fear of roller-coasters, for example.

We are born with two fears

  • A fear of loud noises
  • A fear of falling

Other fears are often picked up as we make our way through life. Fears can be helpful and useful (sometimes) as they often keep us safe and away from dangerous situations.

Fears tend to be unpleasant but manageable as they are encountered rarely and don't provoke a huge reaction when they happen. A phobia is a different kettle of fish.


What is a phobia?

A phobia is an extreme, overwhelming and often paralysing fear. It can be linked to a person, a place, an animal or an object.

If you are reading this page there is the possibility that you have a fear or phobia that has got out of hand and you would like some help then we can do just that.

What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?

Our emotional and physical response to a sudden and immediate threat of some kind is what we call a fear. For example a dog barking aggressively at you. A phobia however is having that fear response to a situation or object that the vast majority of other people do not have that reaction to. For example, moths. 

What causes a phobia?

There are three main ways of acquiring a phobia. 

  1. A traumatic event that you experienced or observed and an aspect of that moment becomes the focus of the phobia. For example, if you saw a car crash on the motorway you might develop motorphobia which is phobia focused on cars. 
  2. You were taught the phobia. There are people who have a phobia of wasps and bees despite never having been stung by one. There was no traumatic event that started the phobia but if a parent has the phobia it is possible for the child to develop the same phobia.
  3. Just because! Sometimes there was no traumatic event. Sometimes no-one close to you has your phobia and you have no idea where it came from, it just happened.
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What are the symptoms of a phobia?

Phobias, when they become well practiced and expected can bring with them a large dose of anxiety and distress. If you have a phobia then maybe you have changed how you live your life just to avoid or reduce contact with the trigger of your phobia. This is one of the signs that your phobia needs bringing under your control.

Anxiety is a very common aspect of a phobia. Anxiety is the expectation of difficulty before the situation even happens. This might have led to a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy for you and made it more likely that the phobia occurred or was experienced as severely as you did.

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WOW.. I'm not sure where to begin.. Richard at Focused Hypnosis has honestly given me a life changing experience.When I initially saw Richard I asked him to help me with x 3 things- insomnia, a habit and the wish for my thoughts to be a reflection of the positivity that a big move to the other end of the country could mean. ..I am now in Cornwall and my journey with Richard was so much more than the above. He also helped me to be more confident in certain social situations and lastly has helped me literally make leaps and bounds in my fear of heights. The latter whereby I would actively avoid ladders, slides, crossing stepping stones across water and would in no way have entertained climbing or coasteering whilst on holiday.Richard seems to have a natural ability to put you at ease. At the same time he demonstrates a real depth of knowledge and passion for his work. I was a little apprehensive about the process of hypnosis but Richards calm, soothing voice and appropriate choice of language allowed me to relax. Everything felt 'heavy'- in a good way and I found the whole process very relaxing. Its difficult to really explain except to say that maybe its that feeling of being somewhere between being awake and asleep- like you're dozing off on the beach!Richard even accommodated my wish to take my fear of heights/ falling into a more practical scenario which I'm sure was invaluable to me. Richard records the sessions for you and there is 'homework' to do- and I like this because it feels like you are an active party in your progress. At the time of writing this I have now moved to the other end of the country with an even more positive and relaxed frame of mind. I now sleep better, can walk into a pub on my own AND I am reflecting on a morning of scrambling and jumping off rocks coasteering around the Cornish Coastline (2 weeks ago I struggled to climb up and down a ladder- there were tears!)If you're having doubts about whether hypnotherapy can help- ring Richard!!!Thank you Richard for all your help and guidance - I wont forget it and I'll keep up the homework! xread more
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00:33 24 Jul 16
Emetophobia - a fear of sickness or illness, It had a name and i never knew, but thanks to Richard it is now a name i don't associate with me and it is all down to the power of hypnosis .One session of just talking then 4 sessions of hypnosis and now i feel able to do things without having bad thoughts. Cannot thank Richard enough.I first saw Richard in March 2015 since then I have travelled abroad 6times(3 more to go ) something I wouldn't have thought possible especially as I travelled by coach, at the age of 65 a world of travel is something I really enjoy and as I have said before it's all down to Richard thanx againread more
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Susan S.
17:16 09 May 17
I originally found Richard on Twitter (@mr_hypnotherapy) and had never really considered hypnotherapy for my irrational fear of flying so decided to contact him.We did an hour consultation where Richard found out about me and got all the info he needed to tailor the hypnotherapy sessions to my unique requirements.The hypnosis itself was brilliant and one thing I found especially helpful was the fact that Richard taught me how to do self hypnosis, plus both of the hour long hypnotherapy sessions I had were recorded and given to me on a USB stick to take home, so I can listen back to them whenever I want!Safe to say Richard is excellent at what he does. I flew to Holland and back in the same day with ZERO anxiety a couple of months after my sessions. Fast forward 18 months and I've flown to America and back 4 times plus several internal flights whilst on business. I wouldn't have been able to do this before seeing Richard.Thank you so much Richard!read more
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Tim C.
20:52 26 Jan 15
When my husband was training to become a hypnotherapist all those years ago he used me as his number one practice subject. I found it all very relaxing. However the most profound thing that Rich helped me with was my abject fear of the dentist and needles in general. Within about 2 sessions I had completely over come this fear and was able to go to the dentist happily and any time I had an injection was a complete breeze.read more
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Hypnotherapists

Hypnotherapy tends to focus on breaking unhelpful patterns, changing self-talk to be more positive and goal setting for a more successful future.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapists

Through gradual exposure to your phobia combined with tools and techniques to take control of thoughts and feelings you could find CBT helps.

Counsellors

Talking to a counsellor can help. Understanding what got you to this point and learning to process those experiences differently could change your present experience.

 

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Symptoms of phobias are experienced in two different ways

Physical symptoms:

  • Feeling sick
  • Lightheaded
  • Palpitations/increased heart rate
  • Shaking/tremors

Mental symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Moodiness
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration
  • Insomnia

There are two categories of phobia

Broadly speaking there are ‘simple phobias’ and ‘complex phobias’

Simple phobias

Simple phobias are also sometimes known as specific phobias because they are focused on a single trigger. The trigger could be a place, an object or an animal. Broadly speaking, there are 5 different categories of simple phobia.

  1. Environmental - This includes germs or viruses, deep water and heights.
  2. Animals - Some examples are dogs, spiders, snakes and rats
  3. Situations - Examples include roller coasters, the hospital and the dentists.
  4. Sexual - This includes phobias regarding sexually transmitted diseases or in relation to sexual performance and can sometimes be tied in with erectile dysfunction and vaginisismus
  5. Bodily - Phobia regarding vomit and blood are common.

 

Complex phobias

Simple phobias are also sometimes known as specific phobias because they are focused on a single trigger. The trigger could be a place, an object or an animal. Broadly speaking, there are 5 different categories of simple phobia.

  1. Environmental - This includes germs or viruses, deep water and heights.
  2. Animals - Some examples are dogs, spiders, snakes and rats
  3. Situations - Examples include roller coasters, the hospital and the dentists.
  4. Sexual - This includes phobias regarding sexually transmitted diseases or in relation to sexual performance and can sometimes be tied in with erectile dysfunction and vaginisismus
  5. Bodily - Phobia regarding vomit and blood are common.

 

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Examples of complex phobias

  • Social phobia - this can be associated with specific people, sometimes it is focused on the importance of a person socially or professionally. It might mean that the sufferer is fine in a group of their peers but if their boss is present they go to pieces. 
  • Agoraphobia - This is commonly associated with a fear of being out in the open but is more usually tied in with a feeling or fear of being trapped and unable to escape. 

Fears and phobias are often lead to anxiety as a consequence of issues like Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and panic attacks. There can be a lot of crossover between these different conditions.

Are phobias common?

Phobias are one the most common types of anxiety disorder. Mind.org.uk claims that approximately 2.4 people in 100 have a phobia in the UK and about 5.9 people in 100 have Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Some common phobias are arachnophobia which is a fear of spiders, acrophobia is a fear of heights and aerophobia is fear of flying on aeroplanes. 

Do you have ‘coronaphobia’?

Coronaphobia’ isn’t an actual phobia in its own right but can be more accurately thought of as a name for a range of existing and known phobias that have developed as a result of Covid-19 and lockdown.

There are increasing numbers of people reporting these kinds of problems. Causes of ‘coronaphobia’ are a combination and mixture of other phobias and has been caused by long term social isolation, a lack of exercise and activity and exposure to large amounts of negative or fear based media coverage. 

Symptoms include compulsive over-washing of hands and OCD-like behaviour based on cleaning/sterilising clothes, people, the home. If you have been struggling with ‘coronaphobia’ we have therapists who could help. Get in touch and speak to one of the team.

 

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