What is Phobia ?
Every person is unique in this world and so are their fears.
Phobia, anxiety and fear everyone experiences at one time or many time.
Like at traffic signal, light goes green and you start crossing road. The coming car is in speed and there is no signal of using breaks. In this condition to be fearful is very normal.
Phobia is technical term of “fear” but little different from fear. Phobia is a kind of fear that does not go away easily. So when people suffering from some phobia come into contact with something they are afraid of – they shows an immediate physical symptoms of fear or anxiety.
A person with a phobia may feel he will go mad, lose control, faint or even die, when he is feared of anything
You are not the only one
If we do some survey on fears, I really don’t see any possibility of finding even a one person with no fear. Well, but that is different that some people just don’t agree with the fact that they are also frightened with something and that something can be “light”,” “darkness” or “any animal or insect”.
I remember as a kid and even as an adult, I always fears “Cockroaches”. I really don’t know, why? but whenever I see cockroach, I just think of one thing and, that is how to run-away from that place. As a kid I used to climb tables and chairs, just to avoid being touched by cockroaches. The fear of cockroaches is nothing but a irritation that you feel in your mind that how will your body react, when the cockroach will start walking on your body….oh goshhhh
It is not an illness. It is not a mental disorder. Nor is it a lack of will-power
People who have phobias are often so overwhelmed by their concern that they avoid the feared objects or situations. Specific phobias involve a fear of an object or condition; for example, such as small animals, snakes, closed-in spaces, or flying in an airplane and etc.
Most of the people try to find reasons for their phobia or fear. But logic has very little to do with mental experiences. Our mind is very powerful but sometimes it works against you. Your subconscious mind sometimes does not differentiate what is real and what is imagination? So we most of fear something which is not real but just an imaginations.
What happens when you are feared or phobic?
There are some physical symptoms that indicate that a person is feared or phobic.
- Rapid heart bit
- Shortness of breathe
- A fear of dying
Questions to ask your doctor when suffering from any phobia
- What type of phobia is it?
- Will you be prescribing a medication?
- What are the side effects?
- How long will it take to recover?
- When and how will I stop taking the medication?
- How long will it take before the medicine helps?
- Should a psychologist or psychiatrist be consulted?
- If behavioral therapy is recommended, what will it involve?
- Are there any support groups or therapies to help deal with the disorder?
- Will an exercise program help relieve the phobia?