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What do Phobia, Fear, Trauma and Panic Disorders all have in common?
They can all have a negative impact on our lives.
First of all it is useful to understand the difference between fear and anxiety. Fear is the emotion you experience when you believe that you are in a dangerous situation. Anxiety is what you experience leading up to what you believe is a dangerous, stressful, or threatening situation.
Both anxiety and fear are automatic responses to things that we believe are a danger and threat, essentially designed to keep us alive. Because these responses are important to our survival, they occur quickly and without thought. These responses tell us when danger is present and prepare us to act to protect ourselves. When you are in a stressful or dangerous situation and experience fear and anxiety, your body goes through a number of changes some of which you may have experienced:
- Your heart rate may increase.
- Your vision may narrow (sometimes called “tunnel vision”).
- You may notice that your muscles become tense.
- You may begin to sweat.
- Your hearing may become more sensitive.
All of these changes are part of what is known as ‘the fight or flight’ syndrome. As the name implies, these changes are preparing you for immediate action. They are preparing you to flee, freeze (like a rabbit does when caught in headlights), or to fight. So, if fear and anxiety are natural responses to impending danger, how can they have a negative impact on our lives?
It would be great if anxiety and fear only occurred in situations where we were in immediate danger. Unfortunately, it doesn’t always work that way. We all know of people who have fear and anxiety when experiencing a variety of situations which can be viewed as being perfectly safe, for example, speaking in public, meeting someone new, travelling on escalators or in lifts, going outside or into crowded or cramped places. These situations are not dangerous in the sense that they don’t threaten our survival. So, why might we experience fear and anxiety in these situations?
The reason is that our body cannot always tell the difference between real and imagined threat. Therefore, when we interpret a situation as threatening, our body is going to respond as though that situation is dangerous and threatening, even if it that isn’t actually the case.
So when does anxiety and fear become a phobia?
A phobia can be defined as an intense but unrealistic fear that can interfere with the ability to socialise, work, or go about everyday life and is brought on by an object, event or situation. At the last count there were in excess of 530 names for phobias in existence, the reality is, if it exists, it is possible that someone will have a fear of it.
So Phobias are learnt reactions and you may not remember how it started. One of the things that is important to remember is that, because you learnt how to do it you can learn how not to do it.
So what are panic attacks?
Panic attack is another type of anxiety disorder and can be described as the experience of intense fear or discomfort where a number of symptoms are experienced, for example, sweating, trembling or shaking, feeling dizzy, light headed or faint, feeling as though things around you are unreal or feeling detached from yourself and numbness or tingling in extremities. These are examples of just some of the symptoms that may be present. A panic disorder is the occurrence of repeated, unexpected panic attacks coupled with fear of their recurrence.
Again because these are learnt reactions and you may not remember how it started. One of the things that is important to remember is that, because you learnt how to do it you can learn how not to do it.
So what is trauma?
Trauma can be described as a severely disturbing experience that leads to lasting psychological or emotional impairment. Stress disorders are symptomatic reactions to traumatic events in people’s lives.
Whilst the trauma of the event itself is over, the person’s reaction to it is not. The continual intrusion and re-experiencing of the past in the present is one of the main problems that a trauma survivor has to deal with and is a key to many of the psychological symptoms and stress disorders resulting from a traumatic experience. This re-experiencing may take the form of memories, nightmares, flashbacks or negative emotional states.
These symptoms of trauma result from the person coping as best they can with what can be overwhelming feelings. Whilst these symptoms may have been helpful to someone in the past, protecting them and helping them to cope with the immediate situation, they may no longer be required in the present.
You can learn new strategies and behaviours which can address these symptoms so that your reactions to the traumatic event help you move forward with your future.
What can be done to change these?
If you recognise any of these descriptions and find that you have changed your behaviour to accommodate your symptoms or perhaps anxiety or fear are preventing you from leading the life that you want to lead. Then we can help.
In our experience, people learn to manage these symptoms and are often afraid to try something new to remove them altogether in case it makes matter worse, ‘better the devil you know?’ Continuing to do the same thing will always gets the same results.
If we told you that we could help you to find the root cause of your problem without having to experience the emotion of the original experience and this would remove the problem altogether, would you be interested? Sure you would. We use a combination of unique techniques that allow you to let go of the negative emotions that are associated to the root cause experience whilst retaining the memory, if you so wish.
Guarantee: We are so confident that you will make the changes that you desire, that if you follow the agreed tasks and are not delighted with how things are progressing within a 6 week period of starting the program we offer further sessions free of charge. Your success is our success.
So to break through those limitations today–
If you want the freedom to be able to do anything that you want without fear, trauma, phobias, or panic disorders holding you back:
Contact us on 0121 769 2494 or use the enquiry form on the ‘contact us’ page and we will get straight back to you. In order to assess your needs we offer a free 20 minute no obligation consultation, so start planning what you want now. Download this free eBook as our gift to you!