Phobias and Stress

Phobias often start in childhood. A phobia could be anything you were frightened of when you were little, whether it was a real event or one that was imagined. Were you afraid of the dark? Maybe you were afraid of spiders or insects. Did the stories you were read before you went to sleep cause you to imagine bears in the closets, or tigers under the bed?

You may have been scared of a specific event or a close call. These fears are normal for a child. The problem arises when they carry over into the adult life.

Irrational Fear

Phobias are described as an irrational fear, panic, terror, or dread that happens to you in a relatively harmless situation. You may realize the fear you have is irrational and way out of proportion to the event but are unable to control the responses.

You may have a racing heartbeat, sweaty hands, shortness of breath, or the urge to run away. You may stand and shake with fear. This response will interfere with your social life, your career and your ability to care for your body.

The Federal Drug Administration estimates that one fourth of our society suffers from a phobia. It is the most common psychological problem among women of all age groups and most common in men over the age of 25.

Phobia Types

Phobias or irrational fears can immobilize you, keep you from going out socially, and make your life miserable. There are many types of phobias from fear of heights, confined spaces, and being deathly afraid of spiders. You may find the only way to get through this phobia is to make yourself face it and tough it out.

Most people want to rid themselves of fears and phobias. There are some who will use these irrational fears to avoid life. It is so easy to say, “Im afraid of heights” and never see the beautiful view from the St. Louis Arch, or the Eiffel Tower.

Most people would rather be free of these fears and the responses they have to them. Panic, dread, and fears can be conquered though it may take therapy from a trained professional.

Coping

You can learn to cope with your phobias by learning methods of dealing with fears that appear suddenly or fears that appear when something triggers them. You have to be aware that responses you have had in the past doesnt have to be the responses you have now. You dont have to let fear control your future responses.

Have the self-confidence in your ability to conquer fear and dread even if you are in the middle of a panic attack because of a phobia.

Life can be lived with more freedom and greater self-confidence when you arent ruled by irrational fears and panic attacks.

Do you have a phobia that is rooted in childhood? You can start conquering that phobia by first recognizing it for what it is, identifying when it started, and working to change your response to the phobia trigger. Phobias may be a normal part of life, but you dont have to let phobias rule your life.