What are phobias?

Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. A person with a phobia may have a persistent irrational fear of a person, object, animal or situation. When a person has a phobia, he might feel a deep sense of panic or fear when encounters the cause for which he is phobic. These might sometimes lead to panic attacks, preventing a person from functioning normally. Despite knowing that the fear is irrational, the person cannot control the panic and fear reaction. Unlike general anxiety disorders, phobias are mostly connected to something specific. A person having phobia tries to avoid the things that act as a trigger, but if they are not able to, they endure it with great anxiety and distress.

 Causes 

Phobias usually begin during early childhood, teenage or early adulthood. Children who have people with anxiety disorders in their families are more at risk of developing phobias. Tormenting events like nearly drowning and exposure to extreme height, animal bites, or constricted spaces can also bring on phobias.

Traumatic brain injuries and substance abuse increase the risk of developing phobias. People facing depression also tend to get phobic with time. 

Other than that, people who are having medical conditions like schizophrenia are exposed to altogether different kinds of phobias accompanied by visual and auditory hallucinations and delusions.

Types of phobias 

We can roughly categorise phobias into two broad groups- * specific phobias *complex phobias

  1. Specific phobias- They are about a specific object or situation and often start at childhood or adolescence, and mostly lessen as the age increases.

Some more common specific phobias are: from animals like snakes, dogs, insects etc;

situational phobias like from flying, going to a dentist, tunnels, etc; environmental phobias like from heights, darkness, germs, thunderstorms, etc; body-based phobias like blood, vomit, medical procedures, etc; sexual fears like for sexual act or nudity; other phobias like from certain fruits, objects etc.

  1. Complex phobias- These phobias tend to develop in adults and have more disruptive effects on the life of a person than any specific phobia. This type of phobia can be further categorised into social phobia and agoraphobia.

*Social phobia- A person having social phobia will feel a feeling of intense fear when he has to enter a social situation to which he is phobic and will try to avoid it. Social phobias can make life miserable and difficult in engaging in daily activities like talking in groups or starting any conversation, speaking in public or phone, meeting new people, eating and drinking in front of others, etc. Social phobias can be very debilitating, affecting the self-confidence and esteem of a person. These can make anybody’s life miserable and a person may not be able to carry out his daily work properly.

*Agoraphobia- In agoraphobia, a person fears, or is anxious about being at places or in a situation from where it would be difficult or embarrassing for him to get out or escape. Agoraphobia might develop after a panic attack, in which a person starts getting fearful if he again faces a similar situation and starts trying to avoid it, but all people who have agoraphobia need not have panic attacks in the past. People having this phobia might start avoiding situations like being in open spaces, being alone outside the home, being in enclosed spaces like lifts, etc.

Homoeopathic treatment

Psychotherapy, exposure therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy prove to be very useful in cases of phobia. Along with these Homoeopathy has also proven its worth in helping people combating their fears. Homoeopathy is the safest and most effective way of relieving anxieties. The homoeopathic approach in such cases is mostly Individualistic and medicines depend on the individual and characteristic symptoms of the patient. Moreover, Homeopathy is well known for its exceptional success and effectiveness in all types of mental and emotional problems.

Homoeopathy believes that these mental conditions have their roots somewhere deep inside the personality of a person. Homoeopathic medicines work on the holistic approach and penetrate that deep to extinguish the root cause of the symptoms. No other mode of treatment acts so naturally, so it doesn’t matter, if the phobia is in an acute or chronic state, one should consult a homoeopathy doctor to completely get rid of the problem. Homoeopathy believes that each patient is different and has certain characteristic signs and symptoms that should be looked into to find the Individualised homoeopathic medicine which perfectly suits the patient. Some of the most commonly prescribed homoeopathic medicines for phobias include- aconite, arsenic album, Argentum nitricum, stramonium, pulsatilla, etc. 

As we have discussed that most phobias begin in early childhood, teenage or early adulthood, the prognosis of the case will depend on how early it is diagnosed and homoeopathic treatment with other therapies starts. AVI Homeopathy is the best virtual homoeopathic clinic for children. Phobias are best treated if they are diagnosed early. In AVI Homeopathy you can find the best doctor for treatment for your children if they are diagnosed with any kind of phobias.

Dr Ashok Choudhary is a well known homoeopathic doctor for all child-related disorders. He has a vast experience of 21 years in this field and is known for his precise and effective homoeopathic treatments. He can improve the quality of life of a person and provide freedom from one’s fear and anxiety due to different phobias.