Heart pounding faster and faster, a chill running up our spine and down the rest of our body, the breath becoming shorter and shorter as we break out in sweat and feel our stomach and/or chest tightening up, and panic strikes! Getting away is the only thing we can think of or we may lose control!
The difference between general anxiety and a phobia is that anxiety is felt as being “always present”, even when there are no particular physical symptoms that we can directly attribute to the anxiety; in reality there would always be at least one symptom due to the anxiety that we would attribute instead to something else, ie. IBS, a often present headache, stomach issues etc.
A phobias instead is due to extreme anxiety attached to a specific object, and as such it is a projection of an internal unidentified fear that is attached to an object as an unconscious means to try and resolve the fear itself.
A phobia elicits strong physical reactions even only at the thought of encountering the object feared, and it may even break out in a panic attack.
Normally the phobia can be handled by avoiding the object feared or encounters with it, like with the phobia of spiders, rats or snakes, however sometimes the phobia can render our life limited as we are trying to avoid the feelings that, for example, travelling will trigger. This makes for a limited enjoyment of life and can literally hinder us in many ways.
What is interesting to note is that when we have a phobia, we don’t seem to realise that it is not normal. The reason behind this being that we don’t believe it is treatable. Because fear is an emotion that is part of the human life package, we just accept it and put up with it finding ingenious ways to avoid the feared object. Which works, but sometimes the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages, such as in the case of a strong anxiety about travelling, or meeting people, which can be classified as a real phobia, when it gets particularly limiting.
The question is, what are you missing out in life? How about taking control of it? Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that somehow you could take control of it and actually overcome your fear, how does that feel?
Just like with any kind of anxiety-based disorder, finding out the event or series of events that caused the initial anxiety, working with the feelings and re-framing the experiences will get rid of the phobia and bring back the body and mind to balance.
It is possible indeed, and through hypnosis it is easy and effective, why put up with it any longer?
Remember: “Nothing is Impossible, the word itself says I’M POSSIBLE!”