Do you know what the most common anxiety disorder is? The answer may surprise you. Phobias are the most common affecting up to 14% of Americans during their lifetimes. The word phobia comes from the Greek word phobos which means mortal fear. If you are extremely anxious about flying, being in an elevator or exposed to heights, your life may be limited by these fears. A phobia is considered to be an unreasonable and persistent fear that limits the person's ability to freely socially interact, work or play. Sufferers with phobias will often make unreasonable or irrational choices in order to avoid that fear.
Some people suffer with phobias by simple avoidance which often limits their lives. Others become so uncomfortable by the physical symptoms that often often occur with phobias. When such symptoms as shortness of breath, trembling, rapid heart beat and the strong desire to flee become too strong, they take medications like alprazolam (Xanax) or clonazepam (Klonapin).
Be aware there are other treatments to reduce the severity of a phobia or even help it to disappear. Therapy can be a non-medication way to treat phobias. Your medical doctor may be able to recommend a mental-health professional who works with clients suffering from phobias. There are a number of different therapies, including talk therapy, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and exposure therapy.
Hypnotherapy can be a valuable tool to alleviate or eliminate your phobia. You can free yourself from the limitations caused by phobias. Hypnotherapy is brief therapy. I work with most phobics only one time and allow the client to record the session for reinforcement at home. Get the help you need, free yourself and Be Well.