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Phobias Talking Therapies


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Some of the common symptoms of phobias

Have you been feeling?

  • anxious
  • worried
  • tense
  • stressed
  • nervous
  • panicky
  • on edge
  • restless

Have you had thoughts like?

  • ‘I can’t cope’
  • ‘I’m losing control’
  • ‘What if…’
  • ‘The worst is going to happen’

Have you noticed?

  • you are unable to sit and relax
  • snappy/irritable behaviour
  • you are avoiding certain situations, people, or objects
  • you are unable to concentrate
  • your heart pounding in your chest
  • a stomach-churning sensation
  • you are sweating excessively

Possible causes of phobias

  • anxious personality type – you may have certain thinking styles, which are part of your personality, that can lead to you feeling anxious and develop phobia; this tends to develop in our childhood but can also develop later in our adult life
  • learnt behaviour – you can learn to fear an object or a place; your childhood or life experiences may be the reason for this
  • stressful life events – these can be unwelcome or traumatic, such as being bullied at work, getting divorced, or being attacked/abused
  • pressure – you may be under pressure at home or work, feel trapped or unable to problem solve certain issues
  • biological factors – there are theories that there is a link between spatial awareness and fight or flight responses

How common are phobias?

  • 2.6 per cent of adults in England experience phobias
  • women are twice as likely as men to experience phobias

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