People can suffer many different types of phobias and fears.
A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger but provokes anxiety and avoidance.
Unlike the brief anxiety most people feel when they give a speech or take a test, a phobia is long lasting, causes intense physical and psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work or in social settings.
Several types of phobias exist. Some people fear large open spaces, some are unable to tolerate certain social situations and others have a specific phobia, such as a fear of snakes, needles, elevators or flying.
Not all phobias need treatment. But if a phobia affects your daily life, several therapies are available that can help you overcome your fear.
What are the signs and symptoms of specific phobias?
A person may have a specific phobia if they:
- Have a persistent, unreasonable and excessive fear of a specific object, activity or situation, e.g. heights, the sight of blood or encountering a snake.
- Avoids situations in which they may have to face the phobic situation, e.g. not walking in a park where there may be snakes. If the situation is unavoidable, it is endured with distress.
- Feels that the anxiety and or avoidance associated with such situations makes it difficult to go about daily life (e.g. interferes with working, studying or seeing friends and family).
Our psychologists provide effective therapy to address phobias and fears and the benefits of therapy and addressing your fear can lead to permanent positive changes.
Effective therapy helps a person both to manage their own body reaction of panic and to find useful ways to deal with the stressor.
Speak to your GP about getting a GP referral, or call our receptionist on 8295 4150 for more information or to book an appointment.