Fears and Phobias

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Fear is an emotional human response to danger which has evolved with man and is there to keep us safe when real danger exists.  It can be constructive or destructive.  The Fight or Flight response is an emotion most of us will have experienced at some time.  Do we stay and fight the danger or is it time to cut and run.  It is the constructive fear that keeps us safe.  the destructive fear can result in anxiety and stress.

When the response to a situation becomes irrational in proportion to the actual danger it is a phobia.  The person experiencing the phobic response is usually aware that their response is over the top but is powerless to change the way they feel.

This response can result in a whole list of symptoms from mild to severe including

  • Sweaty palms
  • Dry mouth
  • Anxiety
  • Trembling
  • Nausea
  • Light headed
  • Dizziness
  • Stomach churning
  • Sweating
  • Palpitations
  • Fainting (blood)
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Short of breath
  • Panic attacks

The phobic will often develop coping strategies to overcome their fear.  However, avoidance is not a cure.  Sooner or later other people may start being affected such as family, friends and work colleagues.

Now it is possible to be free of these symptoms and live a life uninhibited by avoidance.

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