Fears and Phobias

What is a Fear / Phobia?

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. They involve irrational, intense and persistent fears associated with certain situations, activities and things that are so profound that the affected person will generally seek to avoid exposure to that which they fear at all costs. When left untreated, they may affect overall psychosocial functioning and impair a person’s ability to work, socialize and carry out normal activities of daily living.

There are two categories of Phobias:

1) General Phobias are ones that tend to produce anxiety across a range of situations and activities. Examples of these would be:

Agoraphobia – The fear of and anxiety about being trapped in situations without the possibility of escape or ability to get help.  This can be present with and without symptoms of panic.

Social Phobia – The fear of and anxiety about being exposed to social or performance situations.

2) Specific Phobias involve fear of and anxiety about a very specific situation or things.  There are hundreds of these but some of the more common examples are:

Acrophobia – The fear of heights

Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders

Aviophobia – The fear of flying

Claustrophobia – The fear of enclosed or confined spaces

Driving phobia – The fear of operating a motor vehicle

Odontiaphobia – The fear of dentists

Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes

Tripanophobia – The fear of needles / injections

The treatments we offer include; Cognitive Behavioural TherapyHypnotherapyEye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)and exposure therapy.  In some but not all cases psychiatric medication can be helpful.  We have psychiatric consultation available to deal with medications needs when necessary.

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