The most common of all of the phobias, a specific phobia is focused on specific objects or triggers. Some common specific phobias are spiders, snakes, thunderstorms, and flying, where individuals are so worried and afraid of their individual menaces that it might derail their life. Luckily for some, these specific phobias are less likely to affect their everyday life because the objects are avoidable. However, if the trigger does happen to present itself, it can evoke a panic attack.
The most obvious sign of a specific phobia is an uncontrollable anxiety that descends upon the patient whenever the object of their fears presents itself, sometimes both in presence and in conversation. A specific phobia counselor attempts to give the patient of the ability to function in daily life again. The specific phobia can cause patients lower self-esteem because they know their fear is irrational, but they have no control over it. Fortunately, phobia therapy can help them cope.
Not many causes of specific phobias have been identified. However, it appears that they could be inherited, as many children share the same fears their parents do, although this could be through observing the reaction of their parents to certain situations involving the trigger. Genetics, brain chemicals, and traumatic experiences are also possible influences.
There are several medications and phobia therapies used to treat specific phobias by mental health professionals nationwide. Antidepressants are a popular choice for medication, and desensitization is useful on the psychotherapy track of treatment. A professional phobia therapist will create a treatment plan that works best for each individual patient.
There are four main risk factors for specific phobias: your age, sex, family, or any traumatic experiences. None of these are preventable, but action can be taken to reduce the influence it will have. For children, play therapy that gradually exposes them to new objects and animals could instill a sense of wonder and curiosity rather than fear. This of course would need to happen at the first sign of a persistent and irrational fear in order to prevent a phobia later in life. However, play therapy for older children could have a dramatic impact down the road.
Why Choose New Horizons to Treat Your Phobia?
New Horizons North Dallas therapy center is one of the leading anxiety counseling centers in McKinney, Texas. Our phobia therapists are happy to guide you on your road to recovery. If you have a question or want to schedule an appointment, come on down for a visit or give us a call.