By Neepa Sevak
Most of us have quite a few insignificant irrational fears, like getting on an airplane, sight of a snake or spider, darkness, etc. However, if your fears are so extreme that they intervene with your day-to-day living then you may be suffering from a phobia, which requires treatment without delay. Phobia is a deep-seated, enduring, unreasonable fear of something causing an anxiety disorder, an explicable reaction to certain things, activity or situations that may possibly cause impairment or damage to your mental and physical health. Phobias can constrain your life and make you take ultimate measures to sidestep what ever triggers it. Those who suffer from phobias are not actually terrified of particular situations or places, but of the feelings of shock they experience when in that situation. A phobia is not an illness by itself, but when threatened by the object of phobia, people lose control of themselves producing severe physical or mental symptoms. Phobias can make you critically disabled and affect your life immensely, leading to inability to function normally at home, work or at social settings.
Types of Phobias
There are innumerable types of phobias, but they are mostly grouped into three categories:
- Social Phobia: where a person feels insecure and fears association with people. In social settings, they feel ill at ease and anxious with the thought of getting embarrassed.
- Specific Phobias: like Acrophobia (fears of heights), Hydrophobia (fear of water), Aviatophobia or Aerophobia (fear of flying), Achluophobia (fear of darkness), Claustrophobia (fear of closed places), Monophobia (fear of being alone), Arachnophobia (fear of spiders), Ophidiophobia (fear of snakes), and many more.
- Agoraphobia: fear of public places where the person fears leaving their secure and familiar environment such as their home or any other place, they consider safe. They stay away from crowded places such as shopping malls, movie theatres, most forms of travel like cars, subways, airplanes and they might feel unharmed only at their own home.
Causes of Phobias
- Certain fear-provoking events in childhood
- Prolonged stress, anxiety and depression
- Unhealthy stressful relationships
- Social factors often make people more vulnerable to phobias
- Growing up with fearful parents can make you see the world as an unsafe place
- Adopted phobias from parents, teachers or anyone who can influence you
- Caused by organic diseases like epilepsy or brain injury
Symptoms of Phobias
- Losing control with weird behavior
- Fast heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- Trembling and dizziness
- Feeling of discomfort in the stomach
- Dry mouth
- Hot flashes
- Inability to focus, confused and disorientated
- Withdrawing from others
- A strong desire to get away from the situation, place or object
- Suicidal thoughts
Homeopathic Approach to Phobias
Prolonged untreated phobias can contribute to other psychological disorders, furthermore weakening the immune system. A healthy immune system controls our body's healing process and safeguards it against infections and diseases. The aptitude to reinforce mental calmness promotes wellness, liveliness and longevity. Homeopathic remedies work towards balancing the excitatory neurotransmitter levels in the brain. Homeopathic constitutional treatment will help eliminate phobias, prevent relapses, and build self-esteem and self-confidence. The remedies are harmless and effective for adults as well as children and will escort to a permanent long-lasting cure, and also help to heal and promote mental health by strengthening the body to heal itself.
Another exceptional thing about homeopathy is that people on multiple medications can safely take homeopathic medicines. Homeopathic drugs are non-habit forming and have no addictive characteristics. Homeopathy has an exceptional proven safety record of clinical effectiveness with the FDA.
Self Care Measures
- List your irrational fears, and try to figure out why you have the fears and what you can do to deal with them.
- Practice relaxation techniques.
- Focus on the positive and keep back from self-defeating thoughts.
- Focus on special qualities you like about yourself.
- Get enough sleep.
- Get support from family and friends.
- Get involved in sports or exercising activities.
- Find resourceful ways to handle your stress.
- Stay away from stimulants such as coffee and alcohol.
Hence, to reduce anxiety, to feel more secure, confident, to overcome specific fears and to stay calm during distress or shock consider homeopathy. Homeopathy can help you be phobia free and lead a normal and relaxed life.