Fear, panic, phobia & Hypnosis To Help

Anxiety means stress to our body. Stress hormones are released so that we can free ourselves from dangerous situations. In the case of fear, all available energy is used, the growth and immune systems are switched off because protection is always paramount!

If we continue to experience the fear, although the real danger has passed, we develop a disproportionate fear of it and we try to avoid such situations. This avoidance leads to more or less severe impairments and restrictions in everyday life.

If we cannot avoid these fear-inducing situations, this can lead to physical symptoms and illnesses in addition to the impairments and limitations of everyday life . Other fears often arise around this fear, and often a fear of fear as well.

So the longer we try to distract ourselves from the fear and not tackle the actual trigger, the more fear keeps us under control.

We humans are born with only two primal fears

Only the fear of falling (of great heights) and the fear of (loud) noises are genetically determined. We have learned all other fears! This is done through imitation. The mirror neurons in our brain ensure that we imitate the reactions and behaviour of our caregivers right from the start.

A very high proportion of the fears were created in the first seven years of life. If there is a fear, it means that the brain has formed a sufficiently large number of synapses on the neural level so that the behaviour takes place automatically via a stimulus-reaction pattern .

Now the good news:

Everything that you have learned once can be unlearned again! Everyone can confirm that from their own experience.Thanks to modern brain research, we now know that the brain can change for a lifetime. This ability of the brain is called neuroplasticity.

Hypnotherapy make use of this brain ability to enable a step out of the usual path of fear, as is often experienced by patients.

Types Of Fear & Phobia

Fear and Phobias Hypnotherapy

Inner unrest

Inner restlessness means an emotional excitement, nervousness or inner tension. Sometimes there is an innocuous explanation for it, such as before an important date or event. Even with too much coffee or acute stress, inner restlessness is not unusual, but it can also be an accompanying symptom of a serious illness.

In the context of generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety is an expression of the fears suffered by those affected and is always present.

However, it often appears for no apparent reason and for many it is even part of everyday life. As soon as the inner restlessness recurs or is persistent, it makes you unhappy and can make you sick.

Specific (isolated) phobia

A specific phobia, also known as an isolated phobia, is directed at a certain object or a certain situation without belonging to any other clinical picture.

Here is just a selection of the most common forms:

  • fear of flying
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of elevators
  • Fear of tunnels
  • Claustrophobia (fear of closed spaces)
  • Fear of spiders
  • Afraid of insects
  • Fear of snakes
  • Fear of dogs
  • Fear of cats
  • Fear of thunderstorms
  • Dental fear
  • Fear of doctors
  • Afraid of injections, operations
  • Fear of illness
  • fear of death
  • Fear of losing a loved one
  •  and other fears

Social phobia

Fear mostly relates to situations in which one can be observed and assessed or to situations in which one has to come into contact with other people. Here, too, an attempt is made to avoid the respective situation.

  • Exam anxiety
  • Talking anxiety
  • Afraid to present yourself
  • Stage Fright
  • shyness
  • jealousy
  • Paruresis (fear of using a public toilet)
  •  and other fears

Existential (general) fear

  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of loss
  • Existential fear
  • Fear of loss of control
  • and other fears

Agoraphobia (claustrophobia)

 It is a group of phobias with fear

  • leaving your own home
  • To enter shops
  • To go into crowds or public places
  • to travel alone by bus, train or plane
  • and other fears

Panic attack, panic disorder

A panic attack is a state of intense fear. It occurs suddenly and unexpectedly and is not necessarily tied to a specific situation. It reaches a maximum within a few minutes and usually lasts only a few minutes. If a person has multiple panic attacks over a period of a month, it is called panic disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder

These are everyday situations that cause fear; triggered by a certain situation that is avoided. People with generalized anxiety disorder experience a constant and disproportionate feeling of worry and tension about everyday situations and challenges.

  • Fear that you or someone close to you could become seriously ill
  • Fear that you or someone close to you could have an accident
  • Fear of having to experience something else
  • Fear of losing one’s job or that one’s professional future is not secure without an objective reason
  • Fear of possible financial difficulties for no objective reason
  • and other fears

Phobophobia – the fear of fear

Phobophobia occurs in anxiety disorders that involve panic. It is a fear of expectation and causes one to focus one’s attention permanently on the respective fears. This is how you keep your fears alive.

It gets bigger the more we are exposed to the fear, but also the longer we try to distract ourselves and not tackle the actual trigger.

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