The term “phobia” has become so casual that many people describe it over instances that aren’t truly warranted. This term becomes misconstrued, as true phobias genuinely cause distress, and even deep panic, for a person. Mental Health America explains that phobias may cause a person to avoid certain events entirely for fear they will come into contact with what they fear most. Symptoms of a phobia may include severe anxiety, panic attacks, heart racing, sweaty palms, blushing, and more. Luckily, phobias can be cured through use of a variety of treatment methods. With approximately 19.2 million people experiencing phobias each year, many have sought treatment and have been able to better manage their disorder.
According to NHS, a UK-based website, Claire Ledger was diagnosed with agoraphobia and spent the next 2 ½ years indoors after having a panic attack while shopping. She stated that after a few panic attacks at different places, she began associating the panic attacks with the places and avoided them altogether. Once Claire made friends with another woman in town, she began taking small trips with her to expand her boundaries. Now she has developed tools to help her overcome these worries. She stated, “It’s important for people to know that you can recover. You may think it’s like a death sentence, but the treatments do work. I never thought I’d return to work.”
If you’re considering help, speak with a reputable treatment center that has expertise in phobias. You can lead a happier, healthier life, and your phobia does not have to control you any longer.
New Vista Behavioral Health is home to several world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery treatment programs. If you are ready to seek help for your phobia disorder, call us today at 888-316-3665 for a consultation. You’re not alone, and there are so many people who want to help you succeed.