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Phobias

            A phobia is an excessive and irrational fear reaction. If you have a phobia, you may experience a deep sense of dread or panic when you encounter the source of your fear. The fear can be of a certain place, situation, or object.  A phobia is usually connected to something specific.

            In India according to a survey conducted by NIMHANS, Bengaluru, about 1 crore 20 lakhs people (1.9% of the population)  suffer from some or other form of Phobias. People with phobias often realize their fear is irrational, but they’re unable to do anything about it. Such fears can interfere with work, school, and personal relationships.

           

            Genetic and environmental factors can cause phobias. Children who have a close relative with an anxiety disorder are at risk of developing a phobia. Distressing events, such as nearly drowning, can bring on a phobia. Exposure to confined spaces, extreme heights, and animal or insect bites can all be sources of phobias

 Types of Phobias: (only a few conditions are cited here…) 

  1. Agoraphobia is a fear of places or situations that you can’t escape from. The word itself refers to “fear of open spaces.” People with agoraphobia fear to be in large crowds or trapped outside the home. They often avoid social situations altogether and stay inside their homes.

  2.  Social phobia is also referred to as social anxiety disorder. It’s extreme worry about social situations and it can lead to self-isolation. Social phobia can be so severe that the simplest interactions, such as ordering at a restaurant or answering the telephone, can cause panic. People with social phobia often go out of their way to avoid public situations.

  3. Glossophobia: This is known as performance anxiety or the fear of speaking in front of an audience. People with this phobia have severe physical symptoms when they even think about being in front of a group of people

  4. Acrophobia: This is the fear of heights. People with this phobia avoid mountains, bridges, or the higher floors of buildings. Symptoms include vertigo, dizziness, sweating, and feeling as if they’ll pass out or lose consciousness.

  5. Claustrophobia: This is a fear of enclosed or tight spaces. Severe claustrophobia can be especially disabling if it prevents you from riding in cars or elevators

  6. Aviophobia: This is also known as the fear of flying.

  7. Dentophobia: Dentophobia is a fear of the dentist or dental procedures. This phobia generally develops after an unpleasant experience at a dentist’s office. It can be harmful if it prevents you from obtaining needed dental care.

  8. Hemophobia: This is a phobia of blood or injury. A person with hemophobia may faint when they come in contact with their own blood or another person’s blood.

  9. Arachnophobia: This means fear of spiders.

  10. Cynophobia: This is a fear of dogs.

  11. Ophidiophobia: People with this phobia fear snakes.

  12. Nyctophobia: This phobia is a fear of the nighttime or darkness. It almost always begins as a typical childhood fear. When it progresses past adolescence, it’s considered a phobia.

 

 

Symptoms of Phobia:

The most common and disabling symptom of a phobia include:

  • pounding or racing heart

  • shortness of breath

  • rapid speech or inability to speak

  • dry mouth

  • upset stomach

  • nausea

  • elevated blood pressure

  • trembling or shaking

  • chest pain or tightness

  • a choking sensation

  • dizziness or light-headedness

  • profuse sweating

  • a sense of impending doom

 

Treatment

We at V I P P help all those troubled by phobias, like children, men and women. By taking our help in conquering over phobias many are been helped to achieve stress-free, happy and worthwhile life. Treatment for phobias can involve psychological help in form of tests, tools, counselling, medicines and meditation.

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