Phobias can develop at a young age or well into adulthood, but they nonetheless are difficult to manage – especially if treatment isn’t sought. Mental Health America (MHA) explains that while everyone feels “anxious” or “worried” from time to time, phobias are more extreme. Your heart may race, your palms may get sweaty, thoughts may seem to rush in your mind, and you may want to desperately avoid certain situations out of fear. Phobias can be downright debilitating, and can completely control a person’s life if not taken care of properly.
Virtually any phobia can hold a person back in life, but there 3 phobias that consistently appear as the top phobias that people struggle with :
Social phobia – the fear of social situations. Individuals with this phobia may fear being watched eating a meal or doing another ordinary task out in public. Another extremely common social phobia is the fear of public speaking, which can have a major impact on a person’s wellbeing if not treated earlier on.
Arachnaphobia – fear of spiders. For many people with this phobia, simply seeing a spider can bring about feelings of fear and panic. Despite only about a dozen out of 35,000 different species of spiders actually posing a threat to human beings, there still remains much fear over them. If not treated, a person may avoid public situations or even fear their own home.
Aerophobia – fear of flying. Transportation methods have evolved to include helicopters, planes and jets, and the notion of being up in the air can outright terrify someone with this phobia. In many cases, exposure therapy and/or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help a person address thoughts related to this fear.
In some cases, substance abuse can seem to “tamper down” intense effects of a phobia – but this can lead to addiction, while only exacerbates problems. If you’re ready to seek help, speak with a professional from Avalon Malibu today.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, call us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.