A phobia is a strong, irrational and out of proportion fear-reaction to something that poses little or no actual danger but just the thought of it and the resulting surge of adrenaline causes your physical body to react in what is known as the 'Fight or Flight Syndrome'. This reaction is old evolutionary stuff that is well embedded in our genes from over 900 million years of evolution ever since we crawled out of the primordial ooze and developed over the millennia as a necessary part of the survival of the species. The reaction may have been useful to our ancestor caveman but is usually not a lot of use to us now, however we now have the brain power in the frontal lobes of our neo-cortex which develops very good imaginations - imaginations which the old primitive parts of our brain interprets as being life-threatening and so kicks off the 'fight or flight' reaction.
If you have a phobia then you will try to avoid what you are afraid of. If you cannot avoid it then exposure to it will probably provoke a feeling of extreme anxiety or a panic attack, even thinking about it, as explained above, can cause the same reaction. This type of avoidance can interfere with work and social functioning. You may feel weak or cowardly and lose self-esteem when avoiding the object of the phobia.
Anxieties and feelings of not being able to 'deal with the situation' is a disempowering experience and the combination of teaching/discussion and hypnotherapy that I work with is very successful in helping to overcome this. Although the catalogue of your difficulties and anxiety symptoms may sometimes seem quite varied we don't have to treat them as separate issues. You are a whole person and I treat you as such, these things will all be inter-related in some way.
Pharmacophobia - Fear of taking medicine
Taeniophobia or Teniophobia - Fear of
Geumophobia - Fear of
Technophobia - Fear of
Odontophobia - Fear of (or of dental surgery)
Telephonophobia or Phonophobia - Fear of
Isopterophobia - Fear of ( or insects that eat wood)
Testophobia - Fear of taking
Tetanophobia - Fear of lockjaw
Theatrophobia - Fear of
Theologicophobia - Fear of
Phronemophobia - Fear of
Triskaidekaphobia - Fear of the number
Astraphobia or Astrapophobia or Brontophobia or Keraunophobia - and lightning
Ceraunophobia Tonitrophobia - Fear of - sound of thunder
Pteronophobia - Fear of being (with feathers)
Merinthophobia - Fear of being bound or
Chronophobia - Fear of
Bufonophobia - Fear of
Placophobia - Fear of
Lilapsophobia - Fear of (and hurricanes)
Aphenphosmphobia or Chiraptophobia or Haphephobia or Haptephobia - Fear of being
Siderodromophobia - Fear of (or of railroads, or train travel)
Dendrophobia - Fear of
Tremophobia - Fear of
Trichinophobia - Fear of
Phthisiophobia - Fear of
Tuberculophobia - Fear of
Tyrannophobia - Fear of
Fear of speed.
or Teniophobia - Fear of tapeworms.
or Taphophobia - Fear of being buried alive, or of cemeteries.
Fear of being contagious.
Fear of bulls.
Fear of technology.
Fear of definite plans, or Religious ceremony.
Fear of telephones.
Fear of bearing a deformed child, or fear of monsters, or deformed people.
Fear of taking tests.
Fear of lockjaw, tetanus.
Fear of German or German things.
Fear of certain fabrics.
Fear of sitting.
Fear of the sea.
or Thantophobia - Fear of death, or dying.
Fear of theatres.
Fear of theology.
Fear of gods or religion.
Fear of heat.
Fear of pregnancy or childbirth.
Fear of surgical operations.
Fear of thunder.
Fear of certain places or situations, such as stage fright.
or Toxophobia or Toxicophobia - Fear of poison, or of being accidentally poisoned.
Fear of injury.
Fear of trembling.
Fear of trichinosis.
or Trichophobia or Hypertrichophobia - Fear of hair.
or Chaetophobia - Fear of the number 13.
Fear of moving or making changes.
Fear of injections.
Fear of tuberculosis.
Fear of tyrants.
© Neil Robinson 2013
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