Phobias & Addictions
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something, i.e. of objects or situations, with a strong desire to avoid what you fear. In some situations it creates an inability to perform normal tasks where there is little or no actual danger. There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. Other phobias include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. People with phobias often experience the following:
- Panic and fear
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
- A strong desire to get away
Addiction (addictive behaviour) is when people do not have control over what they are doing, taking or using and it may reach a point when it becomes harmful. Addictions include physical things we consume, such as drugs or alcohol, but may also include virtually anything, such as gambling or even chocolate – addiction may refer to a substance dependence (e.g. drug addiction) or behavioral addiction (e.g. gambling addiction).
When a person is addicted to something they cannot control how they use it, and become dependent on it to cope with daily life. Many of us can use substances or become engaged in activities without any significant problems. Some people, however, may experience damaging psychological and/or physical effects when their habit becomes an addiction. i.e. – with a habit you are in control of your choices, with an addiction you are not in control of your choices.
****** Hypnosis, Psychotherapy and Counselling can help with Phobias quickly and effectively.