What are phobias?

A phobia is essentially a type of anxiety disorder - a long-term condition where anxiety is experienced on a regular basis and sufferers feel constantly restless, worried and usually unable to sleep and concentrate properly.

There are several different things that people can develop a phobia of, but there tends to be two distinct categories of phobias. These are both concerned with 'avoidance' which is a complication that often develops from a phobia.

Symptoms of phobias

As briefly aforementioned, the symptoms of phobias tend to be very similar to those experienced during a panic attack. These include shortness of breath, heart palpitations, dizziness, trembling and sweating, and in severe cases sufferers may also feel an intense fear of dying and fear of losing control. Due to the varying nature of phobias, not everyone will experience the same symptoms - and while for some the symptoms are mild, others will have full blown attacks. Furthermore, some people with phobias will only have symptoms when they encounter the situation or object that they are afraid of. Others however will feel anxious and panicky just thinking about their phobia.

At Castle Counselling Services our therapists can offer you the space to consider your phobias in more depth. We may utilise Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as it will allow you to consider your way of processing situations whilst enabling you to find ways to deal with their anxieties more constructively. We may also encourage you to explore some of the complex underlying causes of your anxiety in order to help you better understand, and view in a more realistic light.

Who can help you?

Counselling services in the North Coast Causeway area of Northern Ireland, we can offer you an initial telephone consultation for 15/20 minutes free of charge for you to discuss the reason you are seeking counselling.