Some of the common symptoms of phobias
Have you been feeling?
- on edge
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