A Phobia is a persisting and irrational fear of an object, situation, event or activity which pose little danger. It leads to a behavior of avoiding the stimulus that triggers the phobia. The anticipation or the presence of the phobic stimulus can be very difficult to bear and the following symptoms can occur (source NHS):
- hot flushes or chills.
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.
- a choking sensation.
- rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- pain or tightness in the chest.
- a sensation of butterflies in the stomach.
Hypnotherapy offers safe and relatively comfortable methods of removing a phobia.
Common phobic stimuli are spiders, insects, lifts, flying, open or closed spaces, hypodermic needles and other sharp objects, social situations. For a more extensive list click here.