How to deal with phobias in a natural way

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Are phobias and anxiety affecting your life, and do you prefer to handle them in a natural way?

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Phobias are defined as irrational fears that affect your ability to function normally. The most common phobias include claustrophobia, which is the fear of being in small spaces, and acrophobia, which is the fear of heights. Phobias are persistent and difficult to eliminate, but there is hope. If you do not want to use medications or drugs to deal with them, you have other options.

Expose Your Anxieties

Many people have fears or anxiety about a being, object or concept that causes them extreme discomfort. When this fear starts disrupting the flow of your daily life, you may have a phobia. How can you stop a phobia from taking over your life? The first step is to understand the possible causes and symptoms of phobias.

A Variety of Symptoms

The symptoms of a phobia can be avoidance of the object or situation at all costs and knowing that the fear is irrational but feeling compelled to be frightened anyway. Physical symptoms such as sweating, nausea, dizziness and rapid heartbeat can also occur when confronted with the object of the phobia.

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According to Couponbox.com, ten percent of Americans, over 32 million people, have a phobia. With so many individuals altering their daily routines because of intense fear, there are many different treatment options for those who want to change.

Possible Causes

As stated by the Mayo Clinic, the cause of phobias may be genetic or a learned response from family members. It can also be the result of a bad experience related to the phobia such as being trapped in a confined space that leads to the development of claustrophobia.

Natural Treatment Options

Patricia A. Farrell, PhD points out that using drugs to control anxiety and panic attacks because of phobias is not the only option. One of the most successful treatments for phobias is actually exposure therapy. This treatment involves gradually exposing the patient to the dreaded object or situation. The key to this therapy is that exposure must go at a gradual pace so as not to traumatize the person being treated. Gradual exposure in a supportive environment is the best. The first steps of this type of therapy are the hardest, but despite this, the overall course of therapy can be quite brief.

Once the gradual exposure to the object or situation has fully progressed successfully, more therapy may or may not be necessary. Leaving behind a life full of avoidance and dread is worth the time and patience it takes to pursue exposure therapy. If you do not want to take drugs to deal with your phobias, then you can pursue natural treatments.

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