You can consult your general practitioner who can then connect you to a psychiatrist or any mental health specialist.
2. What is the difference between a fear and a phobia?
An example of fear is a child being afraid of darkness and refusing to sleep alone. A fear usually goes away. A phobia is an irrational, persistent fear that usually does not go away.
3. Why does a phobia sometimes have two or three names?
That is because there were no ‘phobia names’ to begin with. Phobia names are made up by people - mostly in the medical line. They make up a new name for a phobia when they don’t find an existing one. Hence the multiple names.
Many specific phobias cannot be prevented but, early intervention and treatment soon after a traumatic experience may reduce severe anxiety in the person and prevent development of chronic fear associated with the incident.
5. How does hypnotherapy work?
Hypnotherapy aims to remove the root cause of the fear by working with the subconscious state of mind.
6. What would be the outlook for people with specific phobias?
Most people with specific phobias can be successfully treated with therapy. Treatment may involve medication in some cases.