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Anxiety Disorder and different types of phobias

The aim of this site is to help people conquer their anxiety disorders or different types of phobias.

Many people are fearful, anxious or phobic about something in their everyday lives and for many learning to cope with a phobia can become a struggle or even a prison cell that can at times seem impossible to escape from.

This website is continually growing and will, become the home of many new articles related to topics like social anxiety, commitment phobia and the many forms of panic attacks that many people suffer from.

We are proud to announce our new "Curing Your Anxiety and Panic guides" These can help you break free from stubborn fixed patterns of "response and behavior".

In other words you will have more freedom of choice in your daily life without being tied down by a self-learned phobia or anxiety.

Through a combination of listening and reading you will become much more relaxed and have the ability to choose new and more effective methods of doing, being and thinking.

Negative and past life experiences will no longer play a role in any future decisions you might decide to make.

So what is a phobia exactly?

A phobia is an intense fear of a situation, like flying, or an object, such as a spider.  But sometimes people who say they have a phobia are in fact just fearful of something, and they don’t actually have a strong panic or anxiety response. 

Their fear doesn’t actually interfere with their lives, and with more familiarity with a situation or object, like being taught that spiders are harmless, they would begin to see there is no basis for their fear.

However, people who have a phobia about spiders (arachnophobia), who have panic attacks in response to seeing a spider, such information will not cure them of their fear, and they will avoid places where they might encounter spiders.

Apart from the phobia itself, like fear of going in lifts, phobics are often scared of the physical sensations of panic as well as the feelings of impending catastrophe.  A person with a phobia may feel they will go mad, lose control, faint or even die, so strong is the phobia.

When people feel like this, it may be important to deal with these panicky feelings first, rather than their problem with the object of the phobia.  So people with phobias need to be able to recognise that the response feelings they have to their phobia are only temporary and natural and do not mean they are going to die or go mad.

When fears get out of hand and beyond reason, they become phobias.  But any fear that stops someone from living their life to the full may be considered a phobia, and can be dealt with.

Many fears are entirely natural.  It is natural to fear heights, in fact it is one of the few fears we are actually born with. But when we are afraid to go to a higher floor in a house, it is a definite problem and should be looked on as a phobia. 

It is encouraging to know that phobias can be overcome as they are mostly learned fears which have become extreme, out of proportion to the object of the fear, and crippling to someone’s life.

There are various recommended therapies to cure phobias.  One of the most successful is cognitive behavioural therapy which helps people with phobias face up to their fears, control their symptoms and in time feel accepting of whatever was causing their extreme anxiety.

CBT helps phobics change the way they think about what gives them the feeling of catastrophe until after gradual exposure to whatever is the object or situation associated with the phobia, the phobia passes. 

People feel a sense of achievement when they have actually participated in such a programme to relieve them of their phobia, and this can lead to increased self esteem and confidence.


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Anxiety Disorder and Panic Attacks

In America alone, over 20 million people undergo stress and other symptoms associated with anxiety disorder, phobias and  panic attacks. While many believe it’s “all in their heads,” let’s take a look at the facts surrounding anxiety and panic attacks.

Q: Do Doctors today recognize the seriousness of anxiety and panic attacks? Do they always correctly diagnose the different types of phobias?

A: Yes, anxiety attacks have been classified with Mental Disorders (as opposed to Medical Disorders). And physicians realize that these can be debilitating.


Q:  What causes these anxiety disorders/attacks?

A: The root of them is fear and stress. Three of the leading stress generators today are the environment, changes of the body and those of the mind. How the mind handles stress is of major focus in these cases. Modern day phobia statistics can be quite revealing.

Q: Is there a cure for these anxiety attacks or deep-rooted phobia symptoms?

A: The good news is that you can change the way you handle and deal with stress, even social anxiety! When people face their problems, they face their fears and stress.

Q: What is a major symptom most people face with their attacks? And what can help “fix” this?

A: When people with anxiety and panic disorders get afraid, they immediately begin breathing shallowly which actually increases their discomfort even more. In a nutshell, sufferers need to take charge: (1) Plant yourself firmly, either sitting or standing, feet flat on floor. (2) Gently push down with feet, grounding yourself, while taking deep breaths slowly in, then exhaling slowly out; slowly in - hold breath, then slowly out. Repeat for about 5 minutes to calm down. There are more exercises to help. This is a brief version, a 2-step.

Q: What happens next? How do you “face your fears” in a healthy manner.

A: Again this has a more in-depth answer, but to point to a major answer to help, you need to face triggers. This is not an overnight process. But there are good systems for facing triggers, one at a time, so that your fears hold less to no more power over you.

Beat your anxiety disorders and overcome your phobias.

anxietyAdults have their own lives to be responsible for and need to take charge, make decisions and be responsible. No one will make perfect decisions all the time. We all take risks daily.

The good news is that with a proper mindset in place and the right tools to face life’s daily challenges, facing our anxiety phobias and fears can get much easier over time. Like learning to ride a bike, there are ups and downs, but wonderful rides are ahead for those who master the concept. Anxiey disorders and the many various types of phobias can be overcome.

Phobias are very debilitating and limiting things to experience. Although most of us have at one time or another said we are “phobic” about something, in reality, that is not the case.

Although phobias are common, most people do not suffer from them. A true phobia is an extreme and debilitating fear of something that is irrational, and that does not dissipate over time.

For instance, a person who has arachnophobia has an extreme fear of spiders. He or she is not just a little squeamish about squashing that spider in the bathtub, but is extremely terrified of them.

Most of us cannot say this about our fears of things. A person with severe agoraphobia is so fearful of open spaces that he or she may be become completely housebound over time.

But agoraphobia itself usually does not develop alone. Instead, it develops as a result of an avoidance of something else, such as being in public.

Although it is extremely difficult to actually “cure” a phobia, if not impossible, phobias certainly can be controlled to the point where the person who experiences them can have a normal life.

Two common and popular types of therapy that are effective are medication and “immersion” therapy, in which, the person with the phobia is confronted with the object or situation they are fearful of, with help from a therapist, and are slowly desensitized to their object of fear over time.

For many people, medications such as antidepressants can also help with panic disorders and phobias. Although phobias cannot truly be said to be “cured” when people have therapy and/or medication, they can resume normal functions and get on with their lives.

Although it is possible that some people may simply get over their phobias without intervention, or may confront their fears and face them by themselves, for many people, therapy plus perhaps a combination of medication may be the best solution.

If you or someone you love is suffering from a phobia, the first thing to be assured of is that you should be not embarrassed. Phobias are not a bad habit that you simply gotten into of your own volition or because you are “a bad person.”

Often, phobias develop in childhood, because children don’t have the physical capacity to handle stress that adults do, and they become coping mechanisms. At other times, phobias develop for adults because they have gone through a traumatic event in their lives.

The most important thing to know is that there is help available, including therapy and medication, and phobias can be controlled, if not cured.

I hope that you find this site helpful and informative. 


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