What is Your Phobia?

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In North America it is estimated that one out of two females and one out of five males experience some degree of Arachnophobia

In North America it is estimated that one out of two females and one out of five males experience some degree of Arachnophobia

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In North America it is estimated that one out of two females and one out of five males experience some degree of Arachnophobia

Shelby Kwok, Writer

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In the pitch black of night, what is the fear that creeps through the darkness, sending a chill crawling under your skin? Is it the scuttling of spiders; eight slim legs and tiny fangs watching from above, or is it the crackle of thunder droning endlessly through the night? Perhaps it’s the press of tight walls, no room to escape, no room to breathe, that steals your thoughts away and sends your heart pumping madly in your chest. Or maybe it’s the cold, judging eyes of complete strangers that make you want to scream. All these things are connected by one key component: fear. Not everyone is afraid of the same thing, but everyone is scared of something. It is the minds natural reaction to the unknown and as living things we all experience fear. It does not have to be debilitating; fear can be a good thing, as it encourages us to stay away from a venomous snake or from crossing a rotting rope bridge. However, there are cases, such as with phobias, where these cautions can explode into incapacitating reactions. Someone suffering from a phobia will often go to extremes to avoid their fear and when confronted with it, they suffer from noticeable distress. They are curable, but only with time, exposure, and practice.

Phobias

A phobia that is caused by exposure to a specific object or situation is called a specific phobia. These phobias are present in about 8.7% of the population in one form or another and are more common in women than men. The individual may be aware that their fear is irrational, but still have trouble controlling their anxiety.

Most specific phobias develop between the ages of four and eight. Trauma and bad experience at this early age can grow into a phobia that is kept in later life. For example, if a six year old is attacked by a dog they may develop Cynophobia and actively avoid dogs when they are adults. Phobias can also be passed from parent to child, though this is a learned behavior rather than a genetic inheritance. Media sensationalism is also thought to fuel some phobias such as Pteromerhanophobia, which is the fear of flying. There are movies and TV shows that focus on horrific airplane crashes. This misrepresentation can lead to unwarranted fear and phobia.

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Trypanophobia or the fear of needles and injections is found in one out of ten people and can causes high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, and fainting

Social phobias usually emerge during and after puberty and are caused by self-consciousness and fear of scrutiny and humiliation. These social changes are caused by the brain. During teen years the parts of the brain that control emotion and motivation are extremely active while the parts that control judgement and rational thinking are still being developed. As a result, the teen feels a strong need to fit in without the level-headedness to feel comfortable with who they are. Social phobias are not the same as typical shyness though, as someone who is shy can still confront social situations while someone with a social phobia will actively avoid their fear. A social phobia can also lead to a social anxiety disorder.

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Public speaking (Glossophobia) is the most common fear and is found in three out of four people

Agoraphobia is a phobia that is difficult to classify in the previous categories. It is the fear of leaving familiar (safe) areas. Caused by social anxiety, germophobia, PTSD, or similar fears it can escalate until the sufferer cannot leave their home. Agoraphobia can trigger panic attacks and is often found in people with panic disorder. Unfortunately people who suffer from it may be so afraid of having a panic attack when leaving their safe areas they that they can trigger a panic attack.

Curing Phobias

Phobias are curable, but doing so takes time and exposure. The sufferer must be willing to overcome their fear; they must understand that avoiding the problem will only allow it to control their life. It is possible to overcome ones fears without getting professional help. By slowly exposing themselves to the situation with patience, practice, and planning, they will then start to feel more confident. For example, someone suffering from Cynophobia may start to look at pictures and videos of a dog before watching one from across the street. It is better to take small steps and progress rather than go too far and be set back.

Therapy is another option for treating phobias. Going to a therapist to treat phobia is not embarrassing, and has a great record of achieving results very quickly. It is always better to get help than letting a fear rule your life. A therapist may not be necessary. A family member or friend can be all the help you need to slowly build your confidence and control. As Lucas Jonkman once said “if you fight your fears you’ll be in battle forever, but if you face your fears you’ll be free forever.”

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