From the sufferer’s point of view a phobia can be a slight inconvenience that may be the trigger for a minor anxiety episode not of clinical proportions and may indeed result in light hearted banter between friends.
At the other end of the spectrum, Phobic Anxiety may be at a level that manifests as a disabling condition with a devastating effect on social life, general health or even the ability to hold down employment.
For example, we are all scared of coming face to face with a wild, hungry animal, and fear is a survival instinct which warns us against certain things or situations.
For example, arithmophobia (fear of numbers) may cause certain individuals anxiety, but the object itself won’t cause any danger.
Phobias are linked to our subconscious, and because they are irrational, they can often be dealt with effectively by Hypnotherapy, Clinical Hypnosis or Hypno-psychotherapy (sometimes called Analytical Hypnotherapy).
and range from the less well-known i.e. asymmetriphobia (fear of asymmetrical things) to the more commonly recognised arachnophobia (fear of spiders).
There will usually be strong avoidance behaviour connected with the phobia, and feelings of anxiety, loss of control and panic. Sufferers usually know their fear is irrational, but they are convinced that they have no conscious control over their phobic reactions.
Hypno-psychotherapy can help to identify the root cause of the phobia and enable individuals to react to the particular object or situation they once feared in a calmer manner when encountering it in the future. Phobias are displaced fears and because they are not rational, they can be dealt with.
Hypnotherapy can also help with relaxation and visualisation techniques for desensitisation and forming new habits such as being more calm and relaxed
You may be interested in finding out more about phobia formation and the various types of treatment. Please follow the link below to see a dissertaion I wrote a few years ago and published as the the edited article "Fears, Phobias and Furry Animals"