Fears and Phobias – when they start to rule our lives

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I believe all of us have a fear about one thing or another. For example, I’m scared of spiders particularly the large hairy type that scurry across the floor. I know some children that are scared of clowns and my Mum used to be petrified of frogs. Generally these fears don’t really affect our every day life. We feel fear at the time but once we have dealt with the fear and realise what we are facing is not dangerous we can usually just carry on as before.  The moment passes.

However, that isn’t always the case. For some, fears can turn into a deep rooted phobia resulting in anxiety which can have a huge impact on every day life. For example, it might start with a fear of large crowds and places, which gradually can lead to not wanting to leave the house. Another example, some people stop driving because they are scared of having an accident.

Our bodies are designed to run from danger and will automatically adopt the fight or flight mode when we are faced with danger. So for example when I first see that big spider scurrying across the floor I am scared and my first reaction is to scream and jump up onto the sofa. Now of course that spider isn’t going to hurt me after all, I am much bigger than the spider and I soon realize I’m not in any danger and I carry on as before.

Sometimes it is not always that easy to rationalise our fears and gradually they can develop into phobias. A phobia is different from a fear because there isn’t anything to actually be afraid of at that time. We anticipate and fear that something might go wrong or happen to us in the future. In some circumstances, we can channel this to our advantage, particularly if we are preparing for an important event, meeting or exam. The adrenaline that our bodies produce in some anticipatory anxiety situations helps us to perform at our best and can work as a good motivation tool. Sadly, it isn’t that way for everyone and some may go to complete pieces during a test or exam and will not remember a thing, the anxiety and adrenaline goes into overdrive.

Anyone suffering from anxiety or panic attacks will experience a whole host of symptoms ranging from shortness of breath, palpitations, sweaty palms and in extreme cases can actually feel as if they are going to die. To be in this state on a long-term basis is not healthy and places a great deal of stress on our bodies.

Homeopathy is a very gentle and effective way of helping people deal with any form of anxiety, panic attacks or worries.

If you recognise any of the above and would like to overcome your anxiety and take control again please contact me to see how I may be able to help you.

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