What is a fear or phobia?
A phobia is an irrational fear, a fear without good reason. People with phobias experience unwanted responses to animals, insects, objects, actions or places.
What are some examples of fears or phobias?
The object of a fears or phobias can be just about anything.
Some common examples are:
- Fear of dogs or cats
- Fear of flying
- Fear of heights
- Fear of needles
- Fear of medical or dental treatment
- Fear of buttons
- Fear of bridges
- Fear of clowns or masked characters
- Fear of spiders and other insects
- Fear of water
- Fear of confined spaces
- Fear of open spaces
You might have another fear or phobia. Tell me about it and let’s see how I can help.
Fear or phobia about medical or dental treatment
One of the major impacts of the Covid-19 Pandemic has been the spotlight placed on our health. This includes concern about contracting covid-19, about taking a covid-19 test and fear about having the vaccination because of needle phobia. People have also been concerned about going to hospital for non-covid-19 reasons such as health screening and essential medical investigation due to other health concerns.
Some people were already phobic about intimate medical investigations such as cervical smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, cystoscopies, MRI scans and blood or urine tests.
Others are worried about going to the dentist for routine check-ups, fillings or other work. They may leave it until their mouth is infected and the work is more difficult to do and will take longer to heal.
How do I know if it is a fear or phobia?
The physical response to a fear or phobia is known as a stress response. People often describe their reaction to something as ‘having butterflies in my stomach’, being ‘paralysed with fear’ or ‘just wanting to run away’ from whatever is triggering the response. Those with phobias often know that their response is irrational, making it harder to understand or accept. People often manage their phobia on a day-to-day basis by avoiding the trigger and they only contact a hypnotherapist when it becomes a serious problem or significantly impacts on their life.
Can hypnotherapy help with medical and dental fears or phobias?
The good news is that hypnotherapy has helped many people to successfully have their medical and dental treatment in a timely manner without the worry or anxiety.
We can work together using a range of different therapeutic tools to help you understand and resolve your fear or phobia, no matter what it is.
Book in now for a free consultation to discuss how I can help you.