Fear under normal circumstances triggers a natural fight-or-flight response which means to face it or run away it. Irrational and excessive fear is a maladaptive response. Persistent fear of a certain object or that of a particular event can trigger stress and a specific phobia causing overwhelming distress and may interfere with one’s daily life. Specific phobia is more prevalent in individuals suffering from anxiety disorders leading to the problem of fear. Common types of fears related to the object, animals, insects, and enclosed space are very common.
Causes of Phobia
There are various causes of the phobia that may be present. Certain genetic and environmental factors are more likely to play an important role. Here are some common causes of phobias.
- Genes: Estimates of genetic contributions to specific phobia range from roughly 25% to 60%, although we do not know which genes are the leading part of the phobia.
- Environmental factors: As far as the environmental component is concerned, a person may develop phobia after a frightful event particularly after an incident which has created a huge impact on the person and affected his lifestyle and sleep. If a certain incidence makes a negative impact on the mind of the individual, it may persist, cause reminiscence of the event, and result in a phobia of the particular things, person, or animal. For instance, if someone is attacked by a dog badly in childhood, it may create an irrational phobia of dogs after the incident. Certain events may lead to lifestyle disorders, such as anxiety due to stress, panic attacks, and hypertension if you are experiencing a constant fear or worry. Even witnessing or hearing about a particular incident can lead to a traumatic occurrence of the attack. The origin of the disorder is the major factor, whose source lies deep within, that develops over a while leading to the phobia.
- Any past traumatic event: Any distressful event which occurs in the past can have a major impact on one’s work and lifestyle.
Our understanding of how phobia develops or persists in an individual, right from cropping up from the past event which was frightful and turning and developing into a phobia, remains unclear.
Fortunately, those under constant fear and phobia with regular panic attacks can be treated effectively.
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Conventional Line of Treatment for Phobia:
To understand the conventional line of treatment, we have to know the meaning of phobia. Phobia is an extreme fear of a specific object or situation that is developed due to an event, which may be in the past or present.
There are many solutions to it, but approaching and choosing the best solution is essential depending on the emotional response of the patient. The effect of the emotional response of irrational fear may last for a long time or a short period. The person accordingly tries to avoid the situation in the future, as the fear is produced from the original threatening situation which is completely forgotten or repressed. The patient tries to reduce anxiety disorder, which refrains the person to find a perfect solution to the same due to the past event.
Behavioral therapy is often successful in overpowering such phobia. Psychiatrists may try to find the reason for such phobias, by helping you to treat it with medicines, and the situation can be controlled by exposing the person to the anxiety-provoking object or situation.
Psychotherapy may be useful in controlling phobia.
Medications for Phobia:
Antidepressants and beta-blockers are recommended to treat phobias. Nausea, headache, sleep problems, and upset stomach can be the side-effects of these medicines. Getting addicted to them is another problem with the conventional line of treatment. Long-term effects would lead to weight gain and slower the metabolism on continuing the treatment. Reduced positive feeling is likely to happen with unrefreshed morning with these medicines.
You can’t abruptly stop the antipsychiatric treatment if you have fallen prey to these medicines, but there is certainly a solution to this where we can taper off the dosage by giving homeopathic relief through a natural mode of treatment.
Reach out for Homeopathy
Homeopathy has a perfect solution to all your phobias and fear without causing any side-effects. Homeopathic medicines improve your nature and take control over your temperament in a gentle and side-effect-free manner taking into account your symptoms, thus providing symptomatic relief in the long run and helps you attain a balanced condition of perfect mind and body. Boost your temperament and power to focus and think by overcoming your fear distinctly and naturally with homeopathy, which is suitable for all age groups. Reaching out for a natural mode of treatment is certainly a great choice to take control of our emotional sphere gently and naturally.