Bonfire night is just around the corner, and many of us will be off to a spectacular firework display. But what if you are scared of fireworks and their loud bangs? If that's you, then you could well suffer from pyrotechnophobia; the fear of fireworks. There are lots of recognised phobias, both common and rare. Some of the better known are:
- Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
- Acrophobia – fear of heights
- Aerophobia – fear of flying
- Glossophobia – fear of public speaking
- Cynophobia – fear of dogs
No phobia should be allowed to impact on your life, and in some cases make your life unbearable. Here’s an example of the level that phobias can affect your life. A client’s life was made stressful due to her phobias; ranidaphobia, the fear of frogs, and musophobia, fear of mice and rats. Living out in the countryside in a small village near Bedford, Bedfordshire she had a large garden with a pond, and also being the owner of 3 cats, our client was often faced with a whole variety of frogs and rats being brought into the house. If she encountered a frog or a rat she would scream at the top of her voice. In addition she would get herself into a terrible panic, becoming dizzy and breathless, and she would experience heart palpitations, leaving her feeling on edge for days afterwards. The reaction for her was extreme and she was finding it increasingly more difficult to live with her phobia.
A fear is a natural response caused by real danger, and some situations should evoke a fear response; you should certainly be scared if you came face to face with a hungry lion. Phobias are irrational fears, linked to your subconscious. Hypnosis is very effective at dealing with them. A hypnotherapist will identify, and deal with, the root cause of the problem, desensitising the sufferer and avoiding the reactions.
Our client had hypnotherapy treatment for her fears, and her reaction has dramatically changed. While she admits that she will never like frogs and rats, she no longer has the intense panic when she encounters one, and is now able to pick up and deal with dead rats. Hypnosis has helped her put the situation into perspective and means that she no longer has physical and emotional reactions.
Phobias vary and individuals’ reactions vary too. Whether you have a minor fear or a phobia that leaves you paralysed with fear, hypnotherapy can help you. If you have a fear that you want to deal with once and for all, call us to book an appointment at our clinic near Bedford.