Phobic Disorders

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SpotLyte Behavioral Health

Behavioral Health & Therapy Services located in Downingtown, PA

Severe phobias can cause extreme anxiety and panic attacks through exposure to a feared object or situation. If you're finding that a phobia is affecting your ability to lead a normal life, SpotLyte Behavioral Health can help you overcome your fear. At their office in Downingtown, the skilled team members use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and other techniques to help you manage phobic disorders. To find out more, call the SpotLyte Behavioral Health office nearest you today or book an appointment online.

Phobic Disorders Q & A

What are phobic disorders?

Phobic disorders are psychological conditions that involve phobias — the intense fear of a particular object, creature, or situation. These fears are vastly out of proportion to any threat the subject of the phobia presents, to the extent that a phobic disorder can have a significant impact on your everyday life.

If you have a phobic disorder, just the thought of the feared object or situation can bring on severe stress. Exposure to the subject of your phobia can cause such anxiety that you may become nauseous or start vomiting, cry, feel weak and faint, scream, or freeze with fear.

People who have phobic disorders may go to extraordinary lengths to avoid the subject of their fear and worry to excess about any potential contact. They may even reject medical care if they have a phobia of needles or blood, or be unable to work and enjoy leisure activities if they have a germ phobia.

What types of phobic disorders are there?

Specific phobias involve a single situation or object that triggers your symptoms. Common examples include:

  • Flying
  • Heights
  • Spiders
  • Birds
  • Snakes
  • Moths
  • Thunder and lightning
  • Small spaces

Some types of phobic disorders cover a broader area and have their own classification as anxiety disorders. Social phobia — now more commonly known as a social anxiety disorder — is the fear of social interactions, while agoraphobia is a fear of being in a place or situation that leaves you no way to escape.

Both of these phobic disorders can affect every aspect of your life and may make you reluctant to leave the safety of your home.

How are phobic disorders treated?

People with phobic disorders can benefit from:

Talking therapies

Talking to the therapists at SpotLyte Behavioral Health helps you to understand your phobia and why you might have developed this particular fear. They can offer support and guidance that enables you to deal with repressed emotions and resolve buried issues.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) uses techniques that help you look at your fears in a different way, so you find them less threatening. Your therapist at SpotLyte Behavioral Health teaches you to react and behave in ways that minimize your fear and anxiety.

Exposure therapy

A branch of CBT that's highly effective in treating phobic disorders is exposure therapy. Your therapist very gradually increases your exposure to the source of your fear to loosen the phobia's grip on you and free you from the limitations it imposes.

If you have an irrational fear that's disrupting your life, get the help you need at SpotLyte Behavioral Health. Call their office or book an appointment online today.