Phobia Treatment: How To Overcome Your Cynophobia

By Betty K. Heck

Gephyrophobia, also known as bridge phobia, is an unreasoning fear or dread of crossing bridges. There are several reasons for this phobia to exist. In many cases, this is a part of a larger group of phobias, such acrophobia, fear of heights, or a fear of the water. In other cases, this phobia stands alone.Bridge phobia and most other phobias, often develop following a traumatic experience. For example, it was feared that a great number of cases of bridge phobia would be diagnosed following the collapse of the interstate overpasses in San Francisco a few years ago. Whenever people approach the object of their phobias, they begin to experience feelings of anxiety, sometimes leading to a full blown panic attack.

The most commonly used phobia treatment is the behavioral treatment. The main focus of this type of treatment is to expose people to their fears in hopes that it will extinguish their anxiety, and ultimately, OCD. There are three basic components for this treatment, namely systematic desensitization, modeling and flooding. Systematic desensitization involves the client making a list of the situations or objects they fear, ranked from the most to least feared. During this method, the therapist teaches relaxation techniques, and then proceeds to exposing the client from least feared to the most feared. Results are gradual for this method, and will end only when the client can face his or her fears without overwhelming anxiety, and the distressing compulsions are gone.

Some bridges are known to be built so high or so open that they trigger a panic attack in many of the people who attempt to drive or walk across them. Many of these bridges have become aware of the problem, at least the people who own the bridges, and offer a fee based service whereby someone will drive your car across the bridge for you.

A special type of phobia, the blood-injection-injury phobia, needs a different kind of phobia treatment. People who are inflicted with this experience a critical decrease in blood pressure and heart rate which can lead to fainting. The phobia treatment technique used for this case is the applied tension technique. The therapist teaches the clients during treatment how to tense muscles in the arms, legs and chest until they can feel the blood rising up to their cheeks. This method increases the blood pressure and heart rate, keeping the phobic person from fainting when faced with blood-injection injuries.

The hypnosis session will get you to relax, probably closing your eyes in the process. It will then proceed to help you examine how you deal with the idea of dogs in general and turn round these ideas so that you begin to realize that the majority of dogs are actually really keen on being friends with you and making sure that you're happy, relaxed and also protected by your new canine friend. They can turn on their menacing side if they want to but once a dog is on your side, you'll only see that side of their nature if another person hasn't got your best interests at heart.

Commitmentphobia phobia can affect all areas of a person's life. Commitment phobics often fear committing to a relationship, a job, a pet, or anything else. These fears are exaggerations of normal fears of making the wrong choice of a mate or job. The sufferer generally fears most that which he or she wants most, which suggests the phobia is born of a fear of failure or a feeling of unworthiness and so subconsciously decide to reject someone before they can be rejected.While most phobias can be treated by frequent brief exposure to the item or situation feared, a therapist can't expose a client to repeated relationships.The only way to treat this condition is to uncover and treat the root causes. Many commitment phobics experienced the death of a parent or a parental divorce or some other abandonment issue. Someone may have been abused or betrayed by a member of the opposite sex and so is afraid to trust.

These negative experiences and beliefs can be self perpetuating. The phobic person does not see his or her part in the break-up. This reinforces the belief that he or she can not trust members of the same sex and so rejects the next person who gets close.There are some classic behaviors exhibited by phobic men and women. For clarity's sake we will use he in this list of common commitment phobic behaviors. You may see yourself or a friend in some or many of these behaviors.

A history of short relationships - he may bolt when he senses you are looking for a commitment. He may be quite satisfied with a long distance relationship and resist suggestions that either of you move to be closer.He will be moody and distant and blame you for his behavior.He refuses to plan ahead because this represents commitment for him.He is evasive and secretive in order to keep you out of his space.He is not willing to socialize with your friends and family for fear this will be construed as commitment.We could go on for pages and pages listing behaviors common to commitment phobics. However one or two of these behaviors in an individual does not make him a candidate for commitment phobia and fear treatment and cure.

Therapy.CBT or Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most valuable treatments used to reduce an anxiety or panic attack symptom. This type of treatment is rooted in the idea that negative thoughts and feelings influence one's behavior. What CBT does is teach an individual to replace negative thoughts with more balanced views.It also involves gradual and systematic techniques in confronting social situations instead of dodging them. Therapies and medications usually work well together so it is also advisable that they be taken simultaneously.

The phobic individual needs to figure out what commitment means to him or her.Talk therapy helps the client to determine these issues. It also helps the person to deal with these things and reduce the stress in his or her life.People who suffer from extreme forms of commitment phobia may benefit from mood stabilizing medications, since they can become depressed by not being able to carry on a satisfactory relationship.It is a big step to even acknowledge the fact that you have a problem and being willing to seek help. The burden of having a phobia can be overcome and seeking a commitment phobia and fear treatment and cure is the way to achieve that goal.

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