An Easy Way to Be Free of Phobias

Previously, phobias have been treated with using systemic desensitisation – a method which involves exposure to the very thing that triggers the phobic response in the sufferer. Using Hypnotherapy and NLP, phobias can often be resolved much faster and without the sufferer having to confront the stimulus in question.

Phobias are a learned unconscious response to a stimulus.

Suddenly, we are born with only two fears – falling and loud noises. Anything other fears develop as we get older. Often our parents shouting at us (often a very loud noise) can help us to know what is and is not dangerous as we grow up.

Our unconscious mind loves associating things with each other and this is often very useful for us. It forms associations that keep us safe from danger. Unfortunately, some of the patterns it learns can be very limiting for us.

A phobia of something is a fear that we consciously know is silly, but unconsciously can not face. Our unconscious mind sends out all the warning signals that are wired in to us to avoid danger such as sweating, rapid heartbeat, shakes, basically what is called the fight or flight response. In short, the unconscious mind generates an extreme fear response for something that is not dangerous often to the extent that it follows the sufferer from living a normal life.

Phobias can be so extreme that even a cartoon of the offending object or animal is enough to trigger this response.

So how can Hypnotherapy and NLP help?

Hypnotherapy and NLP allow communication with the unconscious mind allowing the therapist to change the automatic reaction to the item in question. It is almost like reprogramming the mind to respond differently or to be desensitised to the problem. This often leads to the sufferer suddenly being free of the phobia and wondering what the fuss was all about in the first place as the unconscious mind no longer associates the stimulus with the flight or fright response.

To me, this is a sure sign of success and what I love about helping people with phobias- the sudden change that can happen with a sufferer can be amazing! They are literally freed from the limited life they had before!

The most common phobias are of spiders, flying, heights and enclosed spaces. There are also many more obscure phobias such as a phobia of buttons or of clowns. Although many phobias seem silly to most people, it can be far from funny if you are a sufferer. What most people do not realize is that their phobias can be removed within a few hours and in some cases, just an hour or two with a qualified Hypnotherapist.

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Agoraphobia and Agoraphobic Nosebleed – How Rare is It?

Nosebleed or epistaxis is a common symptom of a number of diseases, disorders, and conditions.While quite unusual, agoraphobic nosebleed or nosebleed resulting from agoraphobia or anxiety attack is experienced by a competent of patients.

{Agoraphobia: What Is It}?

Phobias are defined as unrelenting irrational fear of a situation, a person, or an object, leading to avoidance behavior. Agoraphobia, as a form of phobia, is a condition of unrelenting and irrational fear of a situation where escape could be impossible or degrading. Agoraphobics experience elevated levels of anxiety when 'trapped' in environments that they perceive to offer no possible escape.

Agoraphobia is usually compounded with fear of being embarrassed in public situations, often ending up with a panic attack. This condition is known as social agoraphobia, which is sometimes referred to as social anxiety or social phobia. Not all types of agoraphobia is by nature social, though. There are certain forms of agoraphobia that are directly related to only one place or situation where usually a previous attack occurred. Other forms are directly tied to other forms of anxiety disorder such as post traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. In fact, any irrational fear that keeps one from going outside may be classified as a form of agoraphobia.

Previously known as the fear of being in public places, agoraphobia is now considered the fear of not being able to escape from certain situations, not just social situations. Two related conditions which are usually confused with agoraphobia are claustrophobia (fear of being closed in and having no escape) and social phobia (fear of being in public situation).

{Causes of Agoraphobia}

There are no known reasons to agoraphobia although some theories exist to provide plausible explanations. First, clinicians and researchers suggest that agoraphobia is linked to any of the following: presence of a related condition such as anxiety disorders, substance abuse, stressful environments. Use and dependence on tranquilizers and sleeping medicines as well as problems with spatial orientation have also been identified as possible causes of agoraphobia. People with agoraphobia have been observed to have weak or imbalanced spatial orientation. They tend to be overwhelmed and disoriented depending on whether visual cues are overwhelming or are lacking.

Although agoraphobia, like many other anxiety disorders are related to continuous exposure to stressful conditions and a number of other factors, this is also known to run in the families and for quite a few cases, is directly related to genetic factors that are contributing to its development and exacerbation.

{Signs and Symptoms of Agoraphobia}

The main symptom of agoraphobia is panic attack caused by exposure to a situation or place where escape could be impossible, if not embarrassing. On top of this, other symptoms include increased level of anxiety, nausea, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, disorientation and trembling.

Although quite rare, agoraphobics do tend to experience a symptom called agoraphobic nosebleed or nose bleeding associated with agoraphobia. The primary symptom being the formation of blood in the nose relating to an attack. Nose bleeding is not categorized as a common sign of agoraphobia and is there previously rarely mentioned in medical books.

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What is Emetophobia and What Can You Do About It?

Emetophobia is defined as an intestinal fear of vomit. For some people it's the actual act of vomiting but for others it can be a fear of vomit in general. Widely considered the 5th most common phobia in the world, it is also one of the most debilitating fears a person can suffer from.

The reason why Emetophobia is so difficult to deal with is that you can not avoid this fear. It's always with you. Unlike fear of flying, for example, which you can avoid by not going on a plane, fear of being sick is not something that can be avoided.

Often, Emetophobia actually triggers other, more talked about phobias. Some people do not like to go out where there's lots of people for fear of being sick in front of them and suffering humiliation and ridicule. The fear of going out is the symptom, Emetophobia is the cause.

It's unclear what actually brings such an irrational fear about in the first place. For each person it is something different: an unhappy childhood event concerned vomit, possibly, being sick in front of other people in the past and feeling ashamed about it. These are all things that may lead to the development of Emetophobia. However, genetic elements may also play a part as some people who go through traumatic childhood events concern vomit do not develop this fear at all.

Emetophobia can affect your life in many ways: limiting you socially, preventing you from enjoying good food, harming your relationships, ruining your career, preventing you from traveling and so on. It's important for the quality of your life that you take fast and determined steps to overcome Emetophobia as quickly as you can. There are several treatmet options that are available to you:

1. Psychologic therapy – Going to the therapist to talk about your fears may lead you to discover the causes of your phobia and help you find ways to cope with it better. You may also find a solution to your fear that will help you lead a healthier and fuller life.

2. Self-help programs – There are self help program that can help you solve all sorts of phobias. The most prominent one I can think of is the Emetophobia Recovery System that deals specifically with the Fear of Vomit. Going through this program has proven to help a lot of people before you and may help you to find a solution as well.

Whatever you do, you have to take action. Doing nothing is not an option.

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Workout O Phobia

When it comes to ultimate healthiness, which always includes working out, there is a tendency to say what if. I have gone through a number of these what ifs in previous posts, but the root of them has not really been exposed. So what is it? In my estimation, its the fear of doing what's good for you-the fear of doing what's necessary to maintain and escalate your vitality!

This is so absurd to me after 45 years of healthiness, that I can almost not write about it without smiling. How can a low fat low carb diet, a wisely picked assortment of supplements and a daily 60 to 90 minute workout be bad for anyone?

The most difficult of these is the workout portion. Probably this is because it takes time and is uncomfortable for the first two months or so. Too it costs money (health club dues). This is not very popular. In other words, not many of your friends relatives and neighbors do it.

Those are the superficial causes. The deeper ones, I believe, have to do with a basic fear of exertion. Even one of my MDs is like this. It is as if he is expecting something very bad to happen to me because of my daily conditioning.

This country is in love with R & R rest and relaxation. This is the supposedly good life which will get you comfortably and healthily to the end of your days. It even insures that you will have a place in the sun (assuming your investing works out) when you finally are able to retire and soak up the rays in Florida or Arizona. Is not that what you see the most when advertisers talk about mature adults?

Certainly you never see a vigorous octogenarian out running or swimming. That would be unthinkable. Such strenuous stuff is only for their great grandkids in high school. That may change in the next hundred years or so, but that's the way it is right now. Anyone who has a problem with this is considered odd or strange (me, perhaps). What is normal right and even American is to take care of yourself (do not overdue) so that you can rest up to die!

Friends, I am not interested in this kind of retirement. I'm not interested in any kind of retirement if that means hanging it all up and waiting around for my funeral. Where are you at?

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Dealing With Emetophobia

Dealing with emetophobia is certainly not easy, although there are a number of steps you can consider. There are so many different ways it can affect sufferers. For some, it could have the fear of being sick themselves, for others, it is the fear of others vomiting and being around it.

The irony is that those who fear vomiting are generally less likely to do so than the average person. This is thought to be because they develop quite sophisticated techniques to prevent themselves being sick or to avoid being around others who might be. After this, they will allow this fear to rule their lives and often steer clear of family and friend who show any hint of sickness-even their own children.

Dealing with emetophobia often leads patients to eat a very bland diet, which is illegally to cause any stomach problems and to avoid social situations where they might have to eat foods prepared by other people. Some will also avoid medication which list “nausea” as a side effect (however unknowingly) and women will often have a deep-rooted fear of pregnancy due to the possibility of morning sickness.

Specialization is one way of dealing with emetophobia. Often, programs focus on treating general phobias or panic attacks and these are generally of little benefit to an emetophobe. One of the most effective ways is to identify the root cause and deal with it, rather than just trying to learn coping strategies.

Some sufferers do find that anti-depression pills can be useful whereas therapy can prove helpful for others, particularly when it focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programing.

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Inherited Phobias

Psychologists classify phobias such as stress disorders demonstrated through exaggerated episodes of anxiety practiced by individuals who can not exceed a fear produced by external stimuli although no threats could be associated with those stimuli. The causes, which may generate phobias, are extremely diverse primarily because phobias are either inherited or developed by the sufferers' psyche. Another category conspons of rewarded phobias that could be placed between hereditary and built up disorders. Rewarded phobias develop because the sufferer avoided repeatedly threatening situations and every time he succeeds in avoiding the menace, his phobia is simultaneously rewarded and increased.

Inherited phobias are characterized by the fact that the patient borrows a particular behavior as he witnessed phobic episodes of another person, usually an important relative or friend, and came to perceive the same cause as a real threat. Hereditary phobias are somehow induced. For instance, parents who suffer from a social phobia, inoculate their kids the idea that they must adopt a self-defensive behavior when they are socially exposed. Moreover, experts state the fact that genes may have a major contribution to such behaviors and witnessing regularly such phobic episodes that could make those genes active.

Statistics show that almost 40% of phobias are inherited while the rest of 60% are caused by stress and traumas. Many of these traumatic episodes have occurred in childhood and have left some encounters on adults' psyche who acts irrationally each time he lives a similar experiences.

Overall, inherited phobias are not mimetically developed disorders, on the contrary, an empathic behavior that could simply explain such “borrowed overreactions”.

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Phobias, The Silent Gaoler

Imagine the scene, you have had a busy year and are badly in need of a break. A nice family holiday by the sea where you can put your feet up and relax for a week or two, maybe Cornwall or Devon, because it is easy to drive there from where you live. As you ponder on this dream vacation, your visualization is disrupted by the sound of the front door opening. As you look up, you see your partner standing there with an expression of excitement on his / her face. You ask why the excited look and your partner says, “I have won an all inclusive holiday to Disneyland in Florida.” The words do not entirely sink in, you immediately feel that rush through your body, and your breath becomes low and your heart races. As the panic sets in, the thought of flying activates that inappropriate feeling and once again that phobic response takes hold.

Does that sound familiar?

Well, it does not have to be that way, there is a way forward and as you read every word of this article you may be pleasantly surprised.

So what is a Phobia?
A phobia has been described as an irrational fear of a particular situation or being placed in a specific context without sufficient resources to deal with that situation. I particularly like the following brief definition of a phobia:

Marks (2005, p 10) states:
“A phobia is a special kind of fear which excludes claims of the situation, can not be taken away, is beyond voluntary control, and leads to avoidance of the feared situation.”

A person who is overwhelmed with a phobia knows consciously that it is irrational and is often unnecessary. However, when faced with the phobic situation the body goes into an almost involuntary response and oftentimes results in a form of panic attack.
When the person experiences this, they will extricate themselves from the situation, which in turn, further embeds the fear into the brain. Essentially creating a vicious cycle that may seem beyond the control of the sufferer.

This is why a person with a phobia will avoid the phobic situation at any cost. So, if your phobia is a fear of flying, you can pretty much live your life without too much disruption, it just means that you limit yourself to non flying activities. However, if you have a family, then they also become somewhat limited in relation to travel. I have known of people who would rather drive across Europe and take two or three days to get to their destination rather than fly for two hours. Not a good option if you have young children!

Phobias are generally classified into three types:
• Social Phobia (Fear of social situations one or many)
• Agoraphobia (Panic Disorder)
• Specific phobia (Animals, Objects, Specific Contexts)

The fear of flying fits into the category of a Specific Phobia. Each of the above Phobia Types also has sub-categories, which are beyond the space for this article.

Symptoms of a Phobic Response:
• An overpowering fear of the object or situation.
• Dizziness.
• Shaking.
• Irregular heartbeat.
• Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear.
• Fight – Flight response, wanting to run away from the situation.
• Worrying constantly about approaching events that involve the phobia.

Now, you may be thinking, “That's all well and good but how do I get over it?”
Well, let me tell you, there is a way through the worst effects of most phobias, certainly to bring them down significantly to a manageable level.

Thanks to recent developments in the fields of Clinical Hypnosis, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) professionally trained and qualified therapists now have an eclectic and multi-faceted approach to assist their clients to overcome their phobias, anxieties and fears, quickly, safely and easily. Often in as few as three sessions, some therapists, me included have developed an approach wheree I work with a client over a four hour period to address the present problem at the deepest level of the unconscious mind, which in turn creates rapid results on most occasions. The first part of the session will be carried out in a clinical setting (In vitro).

The sessions will involuntarily finish with the client facing and working through the phobia using “Graded Exposure” in the situation feared, (In vivo). The therapist will be there to guide, support and secure the client that they will be ok. This will prove to the client that he / she is indeed over the phobia and now has more freedom in their life.

What is involved in the therapy session?

Typically you will contact your therapist by telephone and at that time you will be able to ask many questions of him / her relating to their structure of treatment, techniques used and maybe even their training. This conversation will give you an opportunity to gauge if there is a sense of rapport between you both. I believe that this is an important stage in your treatment; you need to know that this person will do their best for you.

Strangely enough it is at this point that I am determining if I want to work with the client. Some people want the magic pill and unfortunately there is none. To get results from any change work, you have to be prepared to step up to the line and do whatever it takes to make it happen, with the guidance of your therapist of course! When you have that attitude, change is definitely possible.

When you have your first session, your therapist will take a detailed case history in relation to your phobia and together you agree on a set of outputs that you would like to realize realistically as a result of your treatment. This outlet setting process is almost like a beacon for you. It gives you a clear and realistic possibility for change; it also acts as a benchmark that allows you to track your progress objectively.

In my own practice I will use tools from NLP, TFT, and Clinical Hypnosis to give my clients the best possible chance for success. I will teach them how to apply these techniques for themselves in many situations not just the phobic one.

I believe that it is important that clients are empowered to use the appropriate techniques for themselves with my guidance. This means that they will become independent and able to cope out in the world and not be totally dependent on me.

A very important aspect of the treatment is “Graded Exposure” to the scared thing to ensure that they work in the clinical setting carries over into the systematic setting. Initially, this may be very challenging for the client and it is not uncommon for them to scream, shout and maybe even swear. This is where both the therapist and the client need to remain resolute in their commitment to the process. It is vitally important that the client remains in the situation until the physiological responses calm down, and they will. During the “Exposure Phase” I will have my client using anchors (An NLP Technique) and tapping from TFT, while facing their fear until it subsides.

I have had people with an extreme reaction to house spiders hold one in their hand after the treatment and comment, “This is bizarre.” I am not saying you are going to want to do that and fall in love with spiders, snakes or whatever, just that you will be able to have a more appropriate response if faced with those situations. I taught some People with a fear of heights to use TFT and we did the process at the “Go Ape” course in Suffolk. There are many other conditions, including someone with a fear of belly buttons! But that's another story.

How can this work for you?

Well, the first step would be to make that decision and contact a suitably qualified therapist with experience in this area. Give yourself permission to accept that you are ok and very normal and you are. People who do not have a phobia find it difficult to comprehend the impact of sufferers and how it can sometimes debilitate their lives. However, it does not have to be that way. These days we have moved away from delving into your past to find a hidden meaning for your phobia. Phobias are often the result of what psychologists call “One trial learning” or classical condition, just like Pavlov's dogs. This “One Trial Learning” is good news for you really, because you can unlearn the response just as quickly with the support of a good therapist.

Of course there are many theories in relation to phobias and their formation and some make evolutionary sense, such as a fear of snakes, spiders and flying things which may be deep rooted in our unconscious mind.

Three Steps to overcoming your phobia
1. Decide that now is the time for change.
2. Find a qualified therapist to work with and book your session.
3. Commit to do whatever it takes to get back control.

Do not let your fears, phobias or anxieties prevent you from enjoying life. There is a way through and when you breakthrough, a whole new world awaits you.

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Fear of Elevators – Where Does That Come From?

There is a fear that is more commonplace than most people are aware of. Some people feel scared or have an underlining anxious feeling when they have to ride in an elevator. This becomes more pronounced when they are forced to ride on an elevator that becomes unexpectedly more crowded as it ascends or descends to their chosen floor.

In my experience this problem is either the beginning or the manifestation of further discomfort that's just around the corner. It has it's root in another fear. Some people have told me that this is a symptom of claustrophobia but I tend to disagree. I'm not big on analysis, and my profession does not require it to achieve successful results in the way my client navigates through their life.

Any fear based response goes to the primal programming that weunately are born with. And I say fortunately because this programming is meant to keep us safe and secure in difficult and dangerous situation. Those type of situations today are few and far between. Think about what danger meant to us back when our species was new. It meant not being captured and ateen. It meant avoiding pain and death at all costs. We basically were fighting for our lives.

Does that type of scenario come up for us often in our daily life? Hardly! But responses are just the same as if we were being faced with life or death choices every time we are faced with this fear response. So we can safely say that this is an incorrectly learned response. There might be some reason why our body is responding badly, but that reason does not always matter. The fact remains that our body responds incorrectly.

So where does that incorrect response come from? It's not possible to accurately predict where your fear of elevators originated. If it's necessary to uninstall the source of your problem in order to neutralize it, then using hypnotic techniques is one of the ways that will provide access to the answers that are needed. There is no reason for you to be saddled with an unnecessary fear forever.

And what is worse, is that if these fears remain unresolved, it usually leads to you experiencing more fears around things that you never feared before. So it's always best to resolve your problems with fear as soon as you can, even if it starts off just being an uncomfortable feeling while riding in an elevator.

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Emetophobia Treatment – How to Overcome Emetophobia

Emetophobia is believed to be the 5th most common phobia in the world today. It is also considered to be one of the hardest ones to live with. The reason is that unlike other phobias such as the fear of flying, driving, or of heights, there are no ways to avoid all of the situations which may be connected to Emetophobia as even the mere act of eating is connected to this fear.

There are a number of Emetophobia treatment options, ranging from psychological therapy, through anti-nausea medication, hypnosis, to self-help programs. It is important to deal with the actual mental process which is at the basis of this fear. This is the way to overcome emetophobia for real.

Emetophobia is called fear of vomit. Mostly it's the fear of you vomiting. But in reality, this fear is not of the actual vomit but of what this vomit may mean: make you look bad, smell bad, make you feel ill, be compassionating and so on. The first step to overcome your fear of vomit is to realize what is the real thing that you're afraid of, the imagined sensation that you believe will come about as you encounter vomit.

The second step is to come to terms with you phobia. Do not fight it when it happens. Accept it as a part of your life … for now. Once you accept your phobia, you will find that it becomes easier to deal with and much less powerful. This is an intriguing concept which brings to mind that famous saying that “We have nothing to feat but fear itself”. Not being in constant panic of being forced to go through an episode of Emetophobia will make such an episode much less likely to occur.

The third step is to create new habits in your mind. Our mind actually changes with our actions so we can influence our own internal thought processes by changing what we do. This may be a bit hard as you'll have to gradually deal with those situations that bring about Emetophobia episodes. However, if you learn from the previous step to accept your fear, you will find that you are able to banish the fear.

Do these steps and you should feel great relief.

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Emetophobia Recovery System Review

The Emetophobia Recovery System by Rich Presta (also known as Emetophobia Eraser) is an online self-help program specifically designed for people who suffer from Emetophobia. Rich Presta is a former sufferer of panic attacks and anxiety who became a well known expert in phobia treatment. After solving his own phobias, by devising his own unique self-help process, he perfected his method so that it relates specifically to fear of vomit. This is the Emetophobia Recovery System.

The system includes a variety of resources: the program manual which covers the entire process, an audio version of the manual, additional bonus audios from a number of psychology experts who each weigh in on how to overcome Emetophobia. Overall, you get a collection of diverse techniques from which you can find a few that will work for you personally.

The main piece of the program is the treatment manual which walks you through the entire healing process. Here are some of the elements that are included:

1. Finding new sources of motivation. This is crucially important even if you have no faith or will power left. This section will help you renew your motivation.

2. Identifying the true nature of your fear. Many people who suffer from Emetophobia do not really know what it is they're really afraid of, what the source of their anxiety really is. Until you go through these steps you will find it extremely hard to deal with the root cause of your anxiety and to put it behind you.

3. Learn a radical new way of dealing with your fear that reduces the tension you feel of knowing that your fear is always “out there”, lurking for you and ready to erupt at any time.

4. Relaxation techniques that ease the stress, anxiety, and tension from your body and mind and turn you into a much less likely victim of Emetophobia attacks.

5. Techniques that show you how to circumvent your current “habit” of fear and train your mind into developing a new, healthier habit of confidence and lack of fear. It's like developing an Emetophobia invulnerability shield.

Testimonials of the Emetophobia Recovery System are highly positive and it has been endorsed by various professionals in the psychology and mental training field. Rich Presta does a great job in explaining the entire process in a clear, easy to understand and apply language, and makes it simple for you to overcome Emetophobia quickly. This is a highly recommended program.

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Setting the Limits Between Phobia and Fear

Phobia is a stress disorder making people experience episodes of exaggerated anxiety when the fear caused by particular situation, object or being goes beyond the normal limits. Only the thought that a similar situation could occur provokes an abnormal state of fear. When the subconscious finds similarities between stimuli that caused or accompanied a previous episode and stimuli or circumstances that a person suffering from phobia is about to encounter, the state of panic is artificially induced although no real threat exists. Below you will find the main distinct features of phobia, possible causes and how phobic symptoms manifest.

* stress and traumatic experiences

Phobia is closely related to a traumatic episode when the brain associated causative and circumstantial elements with the feeling of overwhelming fear. The mot common symptom is hyperventilation, a reaction of self-defense for all human beings.

* Gradual augmentation of the phobic fear

Each time an individual suffering from a form of phobia is exposed to a new phobic experience, the feeling of fear is reactivated and intensified. This way phobia becomes more severe and the feeling of fear totally uncontrollable.

* subconscious avoidance of menacing elements

Phobia takes full control of the subconscious, therefore, the sufferer is aware that his reaction to particular stimuli is exaggerated and people around him does not understand the fear, he still makes everything possible to avoid everything related or might expose him to new phobic episodes.

Types of phobia are extremely diverse as human mind may react in an endless array of possibilities, however, many people commonly get confronted with claustrophobia, acrophobia and agoraphobia.

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How to Overcome Driving Anxiety and Cure Fear of Driving Forever

Since driving is such an integral part of our life, it's very hard to live with driving phobia. This is why it's critical that you increase your driving anxiety and be able to experience life to the fullest.

In this article, I'll share some tips to help you get over your fear of driving. If you read these tips, you'll have more ways to cure your fear. If you do not then you will likely continue living with it for many years to come.

What is fear of driving, really?

It is not the actual driving that scares you, it's what may happen to you when you're driving that's causing all this anxiety. You need to be able to put that fear behind you and separate it from the actual driving.

1. Even though logic is not always the best way to deal with phobias, let's try to think about this whole thing rationally: Most people never suffer an injury when driving. Most people, and I'm talking about nearly everyone does perfectly fine. Otherwise, people would just not drive anymore. It's only because we've reached a level of safety that having a car and driving is so common.

2. You actually have an advantage because you have fear of driving. You may actually be a safer driver because of it. When you will be able to drive normally, having a fear of the possible consequences is not to be accused of, it can actually prove quite helpful. It will lead you to drive with caution which immediately reduces the chances of you ever getting hurt. I'd rather drive with someone who's cautious than with someone who's reckless 7 days out of each week.

3. To overcome your fear of driving, it would be good if you could think of a trigger that caused it. Were you involved in an accident? Did you see an accident happen? Did you lose a family member or a close friend due to an accident? Whatever you trigger is, you can learn from it without allowing it to paralyze you. Just by being aware of it and repeating to yourself daily that it happened in the past and does not reflect on your future will lead you to understand that your future begins today and is not influenced by your past one bit.

Curing fear of driving is entirely possible. It requires some will, determination, and effort, but it is very much worth it.

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Fear of Throwing Up – Emetophobia

If you have a fear of throwing up, then you are probably looking for an emetophobia cure. While this is a condition that sounds strange to many people, it is in fact one of the most common phobias worldwide. This article will help you to understand this condition better and help you to find ways to better deal with it or even cure it.

Oftentimes, emetophobes (people who suffer from emetophobia) also have other kinds of fears or certain behavior disorders like being obsessive-compulsive. They might even avoid going out to a restaurant, because they are afraid of the germs in the public restroom. Since germs and bacteria can be a cause of nausea, they avoid them at all costs. Now, when you never accept an invitation from friends or family members to go out and eat something together, or visit a night club, then this will usually have a negative impact on your social life. And indeed, many emetophobes and up socially isolated, having to cope with loneliness.

Another common side-effect is that they often become obsessively picky about the foods that they eat, and avoid certain kinds of foods altogether. Women sometimes avoid getting pregnant, even though they actually wish to have a child. But they are so afraid of having to vomit during their pregnancy, that they are simply preventing getting pregnant.

Psychologists use what is referred to as exposure therapy – basically, they show emetophobes videos of people vomiting, and use certain techniques to help them to better cope with their emotional response. Hypnosis is another popular emetophobia treatment that seems to be the most effective so far.

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The End is Near When the Fear of Blood Comes

There are not many people who are afraid of blood. Such people are very comfortable looking at blood, be it their own or another person's. However, there are few people who can not stand to hear the word blood, let alone stand the sight of it. Such people are termed as people with fear of blood or “hemophobe” which derives from the Greek word “haima” and “phobos” that stand for blood and fear.

This particular fear of blood is not like other fears. Here a person could have one or another adverse reaction when he looks at blood. He could either suffer from a sudden increase in the heart rate as well as his blood pressure where the other effect is to have a reduced heart rate and blood pressure that would immediately lead to fainting and paleness in a person. The latter symptom, in most cases, leads to a new fear called the fear of losing consciousness or falseing

This particular condition is not something that has been cooked up but is a condition that has been proven to exist. This particular condition is not something that was just found, but has been prevalent for many centuries now. Iliad by Homer is one of the literary works in English that speaks about such a fear in the past. Later we can find the same being mentioned in Shakespeare's Macbeth, where Lady Macbeth is so driven by guilt because of the blood on her hands that she cleans it so hard to get rid of both the actual and the imaginary blood stain, which leaves her hands raw.

Over time, literature and media has done nothing to remove such a fear, rather has made more number of people fall prey to the fear of blood.

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Emetophobia – Basic Information

Emetophobia is one of the most common phobias that an individual may experience in their daily life. Emetophobia, which is also commonly known as vomitaphobia is the intense fear of either physically being sick or just the subject of sick or vomit. People who suffer from Emetophobia are known as Emetophobes .

Symptoms of Emetophobia include:

  • Being hygienic and washing itself regularly
  • Not eating out for fear of vomiting in public.
  • Eating only foods that the sufferer knows are 'safe' (meaning that they know that the food does not make them sick).
  • The fear of reading words or seeing images associated with vomit.
  • Starving themself and eating much less food for fear of vomiting
  • In women, a fear of pregnancy (for the fear of morning sickness).
  • The ability to work at an institution associated with sickness.
  • Difficulty if for example, their child is ill and they need to help them.
  • Avoidance of medical practices or other places where vomit may be present.
  • Finding it difficult or impossible to watch TV programs like Casualty based in a hospital.
  • Fear of the smell of sick or vomit.

Emetophobia is not exclusive to certain ages or maturity; sever cases of Emetophobia have been found in both adults and children.

There are many recorded causes that can lead to this fear of vomiting; in a clinical study conducted in 1980 it was discovered that a large number of children who suffered from Emetophobia were mentally disabled. In addition it has been found that adults can suffer from Emetophobia as a direct result of gastrointestinal surgery, which refers to the treatment of patients suffering from diseases of the oesophagus (gullet) and stomach. Other causes include sever vomiting during the individual's childhood and exposure to vomiting as a result of alcohol, pregnancy etc.

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