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Dr Colin Hicks

Integrative Psychotherapy
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Depression
Anxiety
Panic Attacks
Phobias
Stress
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

 

Phobias are periods of heightened anxiety that regularly occur in a particular situation, or when we are exposed to a particular stimuli, for example spiders. They are excessive, irrational but persistent fears that interfere with the way people live their lives.

Phobias are extremely common. They include: heights, enclosed / open spaces, flying, particular creatures, social speaking and other social situations. The main symptom is the unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Although we often know logically that the situation / stimuli will not harm or kill us we experience the anxiety regardless. If we encounter the subject feared we will experience the physical symptoms associated with anxiety and panic including:

• Rapid heart rate
• Churning stomach
• Dizziness
• Shortness of breath
• Sweating / trembling
• Nausea
• Feelings of being overwhelmed / out of control
• Confused thinking

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) has been shown to be effective in treating phobias and reducing the impact they have on an individual’s life.

 

 

 

 

 

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