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When You Should Seek Professional Help To Overcome Fears

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When You Should Seek Professional Help To Overcome Fears
Now we understand that fears are common to every individual. Be it the fear of speaking in public, fear of flying, driving, or other specific objects, almost every person has something that he is afraid of. Fears are just normal though. This is our body’s own defense mechanism against threats and dangers. Fears can even be controlled by most people especially when they become aware that their fears are getting unreasonable.
Though fears can easily be controlled, there are still some that just can’t help but be afraid of something that does not really pose any danger. These people have irrational fears, also known as phobia, which can get in the way of our daily living. Intense fear of heights, enclosed places, water, and spiders are just some examples of phobia. When these fears and phobia become uncontrollable and affects certain aspects of your daily routine, it is high time to seek professional help.
A person may have anxiety disorders if any of these things are exhibited:

- Feeling of incapability to cope with the normal behavior and appearance

- Inability to socialize and cutting off communication with families and friends

- Failure to do basic things such as bathing, sleeping, and eating

- Inability to work
There are also events that can trigger the intensity of phobia and prevent a person from coping with the anxiety. These events can cause worsen the feeling of anxiety and make it seem more unmanageable. Some of these things include abuse, abandonment, death, job loss, divorce and trauma. When one or some of these things happen, and you feel overwhelmed or unable to move on, then it is an indicator that you need to seek professional help.
Treating Fears and Phobias
Once you have realized that you need to seek help, it is also crucial to choose the right person whom to seek help from. A professional who specializes in phobias and anxiety disorders is your best bet. These professionals suggest different kinds of ways to overcome your fear.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or CBT. This is, by far, the most effective kind of psychotherapy in helping patients with phobias. Among the several techniques this therapy includes are gradual testing of irrational behaviors, monitoring of thoughts, actions and feelings, and thought-stopping.
The most commonly used technique of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in treating phobias is desensitization or commonly known as exposure therapy. This is done by having the person exposed to the feared situation or object with the help of a professional. Of course, it is done gradually so as not to shock the person seeking help. Exposure is done thru imagination first then gradually into reality, until the person can show tolerance to the feared object or situation without exhibiting several symptoms. This method is great for kids who developed fear of simple things such as dogs.
- Relaxation Exercises. Someone with phobia can be very anxious and feel tense when faced with their fear or just even at the thought of it. Relaxing helps the person face the fear in a more peaceful state. Some ways on reducing the symptoms of anxiety include meditation, muscle relaxation, and deep breathing. Relaxation styles are usually combined with desensitization for a more successful therapy.
- Medications. If the phobia is extremely problematic and uncontrollable, certain medications like anti-anxiety drugs or anti-depressants may be prescribed. However, these medications should only be a temporary source of relief for fears and phobias as CBT is still the most efficient.
- Support Groups. Just like any other condition, there are also support groups for phobias which are formed by other people who also experience phobias. This is a good way to reduce the feeling of isolation and get engaged in activities in a safe and supportive environment.
Other than the things already cited there are certain methods that the person with phobia can do to overcome his fears. The most important thing one can do to help himself is being knowledgeable about his condition. There are several books, online sites, and workshops that talk about these phobias and how to fight them. Being strong in confronting your own fears, even through imagination, can also be the first step in making the change.
Phobias and fears can really be disgusting as it has its way of preventing us from enjoying our day-to-day life. The good thing is there are several ways on how we can overcome this fears and move on with our normal lives.

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