Phobias: Irrational But Real

Very few people can claim not to be afraid of real, live snakes. If you’re not a snake charmer, the sight of a snake can easily scare most people. Although there are people who can even make a pet out of these poisonous reptiles, many of us still struggle to approach a tamed or caged snake.

There is nothing wrong with this fear. But if a mere mention or picture of a snake made an adult man screech with hysteria, something might be terribly wrong. This fear becomes a phobia, an intense but irrational fear of something that poses little or no danger.

Ophidiophobia or fear of snakes does not only refer to the fear of actual contact of living snakes. but also, even if there are no live snakes, e.g. B. if they can only be seen in pictures, on TV or only as a mention of snakes that can actually cause a full-blown panic attack.

While phobias can be irrational, there are real and serious disorders that can be treated. People should not be ashamed of why they feel such unusual fear and fear. People with phobias, especially adults, are always aware that their fear makes no sense. In fact, they recognize that the fear response is exaggerated. To face these fears is not an easy task for them.

An adult with arachnophobia or fear of spiders can recognize that a spider in front of him is not poisonous, but the feeling of dislike is something that he cannot help. These types of people cannot go to their backyard for fear of spiders. In extreme cases, they may even think that crossing the streets is not protected from spiders, making their world smaller and smaller.

Anxiety is a basic emotional response to a potential danger that is usually associated with pain and fear. We fear something because we feel an impending danger. And when fear is valid, it helps us avoid the danger that will inevitably arise. However, when fear is irrational, something that is exaggerated and unreasonable, it becomes a phobia. The person who suffers from it lives with fear and fear. When the fear gets out of control and interferes with normal daily functions, it is time to tackle the phobia. This fear leads to a physical and psychological impairment.

Many people believe that phobias arise from nature and nutrition. Some people think that fear has an original source. Others relate a negative or traumatic experience to the core of their phobia. While no one can tell exactly where phobias come from, it’s definitely a type of mental illness. Researchers are still working to determine how much genetics and the environment influence or influence the development of a mental illness.

Another theory is that certain things trigger wires in our brain. As we get older, most of us grow out of these fears. Some of us don’t. And some of us seem to have extremely sensitive anxiety alarms. Advances in research make it possible to overcome phobias through new learning, improved treatments and effective therapies. The goal is not to separate fear, but to overcome it through new learning that overrides the underlying fear.

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