Getting Help for Phobias
July 21, 2010
Individuals that are suffering from different phobias will want to find help as soon as possible. When individuals take the time to get the help that they need, and comply with treatment, they’ll most likely be able to get their lives back in order. When someone is suffering from a very severe phobia, that person may find ways to avoid the trigger that causes them such anxiety. Because of this change in behavior, and routine, the person will most likely have a very difficult time continuing to live the way that he, or she, once did. This means that the person may not go to work or they may not even leave the house because they are afraid.
With that being said, individuals that are coping with a phobia will want to make sure that they take the time to educate themselves about the different types of treatment that are available. Having this knowledge can really help a person work through their issues so that they may have a productive life just as they once did before.
The first type of treatment for some individuals may be medication. Anti-anxiety medication often helps reduce the severity of panic attacks. These medications can also help decrease the amount of attacks that are experienced on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. However, it is very important to remember that some medications may have negative interactions with other medications. Because of this, it is very important to take the time to speak with a health care professional about any, and all, medications that are being taken.
Another treatment option may be exposure therapy. This is done by introducing an individual to the situation, or trigger that causes them the anxiety. This often results in a great deal of fear in the beginning for the person knowing they will need to be exposed to the thing that they are most afraid of. But, this is always done in a safe, and controlled, manner so that the individual will be able to work on controlling their fears, and their responses, to the situation.
Another solution may be to complete some self help work in order to decrease the negative feeling and thoughts that are experienced when it comes to a phobia. One way to do this would be to spend some time learning about the phobia. This can create a great deal of empowerment and it can make someone feel much better when they learn all that they can. Another solution would be to work on challenging some of the negative thoughts and beliefs related to the situation, or trigger.
No matter what type of treatment is selected it is very important to realize that it will definitely take time to work. This is not something that will change over night. Also, it is very important to fully understand what the person is capable of doing. For example, exposure therapy will most likely not be effective if the person will not leave the house. But, medication may be effective as a start.
Each person is different. That means that it is very important to work with a professional in order to help determine which treatment option is best given the situation. Just remember to be patient and to work with the professional, rather than against them. It is the best way to get the help that is needed.