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What is a Phobia?

A phobia is more than a simple fear. It develops when a person begins to organise their life around avoiding the thing they are afraid of, whether it’s an animal, object, place or situation.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. If you have a phobia, you will have an overwhelming need to avoid all contact with the source of your anxiety. Coming into contact with the cause of your phobia or even the thought of this can make you anxious and may cause you to panic.

If the cause of your phobia is an object or animal that you do not come into contact with regularly, such as a snake, it is unlikely to affect your day-to-day life. However, if you have a more complex phobia, such as agoraphobia (fear of open or crowded places), you may find it very difficult to lead a normal life.

Phobias: are they curable?

The good news is yes they are - you don’t have to put up with your phobia restricting your life anymore. Both NLP and hypnosis have been proved as highly successful and effective methods for treating phobias. Using these techniques one - three sessions is all it normally takes to overcome a phobia.

Listed below are some of the more common types of phobias, don’t worry if yours is not among the following - I am confident it will still be treatable.

Common types of Phobias

  • Acrophobia - Fear of heights
  • Agoraphobia - Fear of open or crowded places
  • Aichmophobia - Fear of needles
  • Arachnophobia - Fear of spiders
  • Aviatophobia - Fear of flying
  • Cynophobia - Fear of dogs
  • Emetaphobia - Fear of vomiting
  • Glossophobia - Fear of public speaking
  • Thanatophobia - Fear of death
  • Mysophobia - Fear of germs

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