Clinical Psychologist and phobias
Many people have some sort of phobia. For example, fear of closed spaces, heights, thunder, darkness, fear of certain animals, of using public toilets, eating certain foods, the dentist, the sight of blood or injury, needle phobia or a fear of injection, fear of using particular types of transport, fear of diseases.
The terror associated with the phobia is often underestimated or dismissed.
Many don’t realise how crippling having a phobia can sometimes be. It stops you doing things you want to, or need to, in life.
It drains you after having had a bodily anxiety reaction after having been near to or in the feared object or situation. Trying to avoid the situation or object is understandable. Yet this leads you to miss out on opportunities to learn how to cope and the avoidance anxiety cycle spirals unhelpfully. Your self-esteem and self-confidence can be affected.
“I feel so silly reacting that way, just because of my phobia.”
“It’s stopping me doing so many things I enjoy”
Agoraphobia and social phobia are becoming increasingly recognised, with people realising themselves that they may have signs of social phobia. Phobias can affect family members as well as the person with the phobia. Quick results can be achieved after seeing a Clinical Psychologist help for phobia.
Seeing a non-judgemental, supportive, Clinical Psychologist that you can talk openly with about your phobia, anxieties (no matter how embarrassing). Phobias can limit your everyday life. Find a way forward with your psychological problems.
Written by © Dr Jurai Darongkamas, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, (with over 35 years’ experience). The above has been written to provide a brief overview for the reader. It should not be used as a basis for any action until after obtaining a professional opinion about your unique difficulties, strengths, circumstances, life history, etc.
See also: Anxiety and worry; Difficulties with managing your emotions; Depression/Low mood and; Panic