Fear is one of the most common human emotions but when that natural emotion turns into anxiety, which affects millions worldwide, it becomes a problem that needs to be faced, treated and overcome.
Although being scared of something is a normal emotion, when that normal emotion turns to a phobia and when that phobia causes a person to suffer from anxiety it can have a dramatic effect on that person’s lifestyle. Imagine having a phobia of supermarkets, being surrounded by people, this is a serious phobia that affects thousands of people. Now imagine how that phobia could change a person’s lifestyle and how it can effect their daily lives. Phobia is not something to be laughed at, no matter what fear or phobia a person has; to them it is the biggest phobia in the world.
The list of different phobias is vast, from the common fear of heights, fear of clowns and fear of going out to the more unusual fears like the phobia of phobias. According to the NHS, in the UK alone, ten million people have some sort of phobia.
A phobia, fears and anxiety can affect a person no matter what age, sex or social background they have and it can happen at any time of their life.
Some of the most common phobias include:
Social phobia or Social Anxiety Disorder – a fear of social situations such as a fear public humiliation or embarrassing oneself in front of others.
Agoraphobia – an anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD ñ uncontrolled, repetitive and intrusive thoughts in the mind of the sufferer.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder – pattern of worry and anxiety over many events in the life of the individual.
Some people believe they are born with a fear or phobia, however this is not the case. Recently a chef had to give up his career because he gained overnight a fear of certain types of food, this is not uncommon. Fighter pilots have had to leave their careers because they have gained a phobia after an incident, however, phobias and fears can be overcome and thanks to a new website beatyourfears.com, men, women and children can learn how to overcome their fears and lead a normal lifestyle.
Whatever the fears, thewebsite, provides understanding and help, giving users the advice, tools and information they need to overcome their fears.
To learn more on how to overcome fears and phobias, please visit the Beat Your Fears website,and learn how they can help remove the fears and allow a person to lead a more fulfilling lifestyle.
By Diane Walker