Do you feel scared of some things such as closed-in places, heights, crowds of people, strangers, dental appointments, insects, snakes, and needles? For most people, these fears are minor. But when fears become so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with your normal life, they’re called phobias.
If you have a phobia, you may realize that your fear is irrational, yet you still can’t control your feelings. Just thinking about the feared object or situation may make you anxious. And when you’re actually exposed to the thing you fear, the terror you feel is automatic and overwhelming. You may experience panic attacks, heart palpitations, trembling, shaking, light-headedness, churning of stomach, hot or cold flashes and difficulty with breathing.
Some Common Phobias
1. Agoraphobia: Fear of Leaving Home
Fear of being alone outside your home, where escape and assistance might be difficult, is called agoraphobia. This phobia may involve fear of being on a bridge, a busy street, or in a crowded mall or elevator. People with agoraphobia may only be able to leave home with friends or a family member. In severe cases, they may not be able to leave home at all, feeling that it is the only safe place to be. This phobia usually starts around age 30 with severe panic attacks.
2. Social Phobia: Fear of People
Fear of being embarrassed in front of other people is called social phobia. In mild cases it may be experienced as the common fear of public speaking, but for some people this fear may extend to something as simple as writing a check in front of another person or eating in public. Islamaphobia is a form of social phobia where Muslims feel nervous to meet and befriend non-Muslims because they may inflict pain or injury on them. As such, they avoid social gathering where they are many non-Muslims. However, in living in this country we need to go to school, college and work where we have no choice but to interact with non-Muslims and get along with them.
3. Arachnophobia: Fear of Spiders
It is not abnormal for a child to have a severe fear of certain animals such as snakes or spiders. These may be the object of childhood nightmares. But when an extreme fear of an animal persists into adulthood, it rarely goes away without treatment. Fear of animals is the most common type of specific phobia.
4. Acrophobia: Fear of Heights
This is another type of specific phobia in which a certain situation causes unreasonable fear or panic. Specific phobias, like acrophobia, are twice as common in women. These phobias tend to start in childhood, but persist into adulthood. Many people use the term vertigo to describe fear of heights. But vertigo is actually the sensation of spinning, just one symptom of acrophobia.
5. Claustrophobia: Fear of Closed Spaces
Another common specific phobia is fear of closed-in spaces, or claustrophobia. Like other specific phobias, claustrophobia is more common in women. Claustrophobia may develop after a traumatic childhood event, such as being trapped in a closet.
6. Mysophobia: Fear of Germs
Some people are constantly washing their hands. They have an excessive fear of germs. This is a common anxiety disorder among people of developed countries. The medical term for this phobia is mysophobia. Mysophobia may be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and hypochondria.
7. Paruresis: Shy-Bladder Phobia
A phobia that many people have never heard of is paruresis. This phobia has also been called shy-bladder syndrome and is considered one of the social anxiety disorders. People with this phobia are afraid of urinating in public bathrooms because they feel its not clean enough for them. The fear may be so great that it interferes with their ability to go to school, to work, or to travel, and can result in dangerous retention of urine. The fear may start with a traumatic event in childhood.
If you are suffering from any such phobias or other phobias, HijamaHerbs can help you. We use mental techniques in addition to hijama and herbs to change your thought patterns to be more beneficial to you, rather than being problematic for you.
HijamaHerbs takes an integrative, mind-body approach to healing. We provide treatments for physical, emotional and sihr/jinn afflictions. After a health evaluation is made, treatment is performed which can include hijama, herbs, rukyah and Rahmah emotional healing.
HijamaHerbs sessions for ladies is performed by Nusrat Shah. For children, we normally do not perform hijama, however herbs, homeopathic remedies and emotional healing is performed. Also available, emotional healing, counseling for married couples, counseling for young adults seeking their true career path.
For more information or to set up an appointment, contact Amin Shah at 617-787-5151 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org. We are based in Boston, MA – USA.