How to manage phobia

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  • Sharon John Thomas
    Sharon John Thomas   Apr 23, 2018 02:37 PM

    Hi Anjali,

    Phobias are irrational fears over a certain object, place or situation, even if it doesn't really pose a threat to the person. Phobias can develop from previous unpleasant situations involving the object or place, or it can be 'learned' from a parent of family member with a phobia. 

    People experiencing phobias can have symptoms such as: sweating, abnormal breathing, accelerated heartbeats, nausea, dry mouths, trembling etc. Even though the person knows that the phobia is unreasonable or exaggerated, they are unable to control the feelings. 

    I've got a fear of spiders and of public speaking. I haven't been diagnosed formally, but I have experienced much of the symptoms of a phobia. I had a friend who was terrified of insects of any sort, and was under medicines as part of her treatment.

    As Vibha said, phobias can be managed with exposure therapy, systematic desensitization and pharmacotherapy.

    Hope this helps!

  • Vibha Gangal
    Vibha Gangal   Apr 21, 2018 10:40 PM

    A phobia refers to an irrational and unexplained fear from a place,object or situation even when it poses no threat at all and the best way to deal with it is through baby steps.

    Too often while trying to help a person with a certain phobia we expect them to immediately expose themseves to the objct of fear when in fact this is totally wrong.

    Instead, there should be a very little amount or duration of exposure. Besides this, the therapist can model onto themselves the harmlessness of the object.

    Third thing that can be done is to device an alternate coping strategy that does not involve running away from your fear.

    Also, systematic desensitization through thought process prove to be helpful. Good luck :)

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