Fears can give way to Anxiety as the brain tries to keep you safe, the underlying cause maybe increased levels of stress that eventually leads to the feeling of not having control which to the brain means not safe.
The more stress we face in our daily lives the more pressure and anxieties can manifest. Interrupting sleep patterns and leaving us feeling tired or exhausted in the mornings. The brain tries to make sense and continues to work overtime. We feel anxious and can’t settle and this leads to anxiety attaching to the outside world. Noisy or crowded places can bring about a fear of busy shopping areas or being closed in at the cinema or theatre.
Phobias normally start at a very early age as the first two years of life we are in permanent hypnotic state as the brain waves are at there slowest. All information is taken in through the senses and assimilated to meaning, feelings such as relaxing, calming, frightening, distressing, or happy.
These emotions are aligned to the outside stimulus such as a smell, sound, image or even a feeling. When we are given a startled unexpected shock or loud noise this can cause the conscious mind to shut down leaving the subconscious to make sense of it.
For example a young child hears a loud bang, and at that moment hears a scream as the mother jumps out of the way of a spider. The image that stays as a current picture is of fear and the spider the association is then made and will remain as a life or death scenario around spiders unless otherwise changed.
This sets up a phobia, sometimes there maybe multiple phobias and anxieties and this will relate more to a cumulative trauma created by disasters which makes the world unsafe to the subconscious.
The mind will also come up with coping strategies to reduce anxiety and fear this may present as avoidance to the subject, the urge to repeat which will get us to continue to overcome it thus creating more fear and anxiety or even a need to help others thereby putting the focus on other people. Some of the most common are:
- Fear of Flying
- Fear of Heights/lifts/escalators
- Fear of motorway driving
- Fear of buttons / feathers / materials / cotton wool
Simple phobias can be cured easily with no direct emotional attachment more complex and compound trauma can take several sessions. A treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs and this will be covered during your consultation.