Seeking Help for Phobias
Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. These are fears of certain things or situations. A normal anxiety level is no cause for concern. But when phobias begin to take over your life or interfere with everyday activities then it is time to address the concern. The good thing is that with the help of a mental health professional it is possible to manage phobias even when you do not understand the cause for it.
The origin of phobias
It is not always possible to know the origin of phobias. For some the initial trigger could be a traumatic event in life, which develops into full-blown phobia over a period of time. One such instance could be an airplane accident that could develop into a fear of flying. Another example could be watching a loved one succumb to snakebite and this could develop into a fear of snakes.
The treatment of phobias
Individuals, who are able to lead a normal life despite their phobias, might not feel the need to seek any treatment for it and this is just fine. But for those who might be struggling in life due to their phobias, it is possible to seek professional help to deal with their phobias and improve the quality of their life. This is true for both children and adults.
The first step towards seeking help for your phobia is to consult with a mental health professional. After a few consultations these professionals can devise a course of treatment for a person to deal with the phobia. Some common types of treatments are:
- Exposure therapy: This involves gradual exposure to the object or situation one is afraid of so that they become desensitize to it. A fear of hospitals could be dealt through exposure therapy by having the person think about hospitals, look at pictures of hospitals, to imagine various hospital scenarios to actually visiting a hospital. These are done under a controlled environment with support of a mental health professional.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This could include other ways to cope with the fear in addition to exposure therapy. Here your therapist may talk to you about your fears, asking you questions about your feelings when you feel the fear and help you understand your fears so that you can better manage them.
- Medications: Depending on specific needs of a person with phobia your doctor or therapist may prescribe certain medications to you.
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