Clinical Hypnotherapy for Phobias
Phobia is a mental disorder consisting of an agonizing fear aroused by a particular situation, the view of an object or a simple mental representation, that despite being considered unreasonable cannot be dominated.
Phobias are specific anxiety disorders and occur when fear for an object, animal, insect, situation or event is extreme. Sufferers usually avoid the feared object or situation at all costs. When confronted with it they can face severe anxiety and panic reactions.
Phobias usually develop during childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Commonly, this may follow a scary event or a stressful situation. The individual suffering from specific phobias reacts almost always with anxiety to the phobic stimulus. This can sometimes take the form of panic attacks.
There are 2 main types of phobias: simple and complex. Simple phobia is irrational, often more specifically recognized that even by those affected, and his object phobic, itself is often harmless, but becomes terrifying only to the individual who suffers from this disorder (Spiders, Snakes, Dogs, Thunder, closed spaces).
Complex phobias are not specific and deal with complex situations. Agoraphobia and social phobia belong to this category. Agoraphobia often occurs in connection to panic attacks or anxiety crisis. The agoraphobic individual avoids all the places, situations and contexts in which there could be obstacles to receiving help.
Social phobia is very common in today's society. People who suffer from it are afraid to do things that can create embarrassment in the presence of others. Their greatest fear is the negative evaluation from others, receiving criticism,and being rejected.
Active avoidance, anticipatory anxiety or discomfort in a specific situation can significantly interfere with everyday life, routines, school, business or social relations.
Hypnotherapy has proven to be generally very effective in treating phobias and understanding the root causes of the problem. Hypnotherapy focuses on the direct treatment of the symptom, and aims, on the one hand, to modify dysfunctional thoughts, on the other, to offer the individual the ability to deal with the feared situations.