A phobia is an intense irrational fear of something.
The person knows it is irrational at some level.
Surprisingly the most disabling aspect of a phobia is not the anxiety itself, but it is how people organise their lives to avoid the thing they are scared of.
For example some people can go to extreme lengths to avoid spiders, spending a fortune on sprays and traps, etc.
Some people even make sure their family and friends follow certain protocols for reducing the chance of a spider entering the house!
Some common phobias are:-
- Leaving the house.
- The dentist.
- Blood tests.
- Small fury animals.
- And, of course, spiders.
Phobias can be very disabling, but with a little courage, and the help of a psychotherapist, can be overcome quickly and safely.
The cognitive behavioural psychotherapy (CBT) approach to phobias is to first help you to understand the problem.
This involves careful observation, and the creation of a shared understanding of the problem.
We then introduce a variety of techniques to help you cope better.
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