Fears and Phobias

 A phobia is a persistent irrational fear of an object or a situation that is

generally considered harmless. Accompanying the fear is a strong desire to
avoid the feared object or situation and, in some cases, an inability to function
in normal, day-to-day activities.

Phobias are among several anxiety disorders, which also include panic
disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The difference between a fear and a phobia is mostly one of degree. A phobia
is something that is causing you to change your way of living to avoid the
object or situation. E.g. a fear of flying is not just fear while in the air; it is
trembling at the sight of the airplane, or being gripped by fear even when
sitting in a plane still on the ground.

Common Phobias include:

Agoraphobia – Fear of open spaces
Acrophobia – Fear of Heights
Apiphobia – Fear of bees
Arachnophobia – Fear of Spiders
Aviophobia – Fear of flying
Claustrophobia – Fear of confined spaces
Cynophobia – Fear of dogs
Dentophobia – Fear of dentists
Musophobia – Fear of mice or rats
Myctophobia – Fear of darkness
Ophidiophobia – Fear of snakes
Social Phobia – Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations
Trypanophobia – Fear of injections

Anxiety disorders such as fears and phobias tend to respond well to hypnosis
as the therapeutic medium. The ability to replace behaviours and provide post
hypnotic suggestions enables clients to reduce phobias to an acceptable level
of anxiety.