It is completely normal for a person to be afraid of things, it’s how we survive in some cases. It’s also normal to have one or two irrational fears. Irrational fears are those that can cause us to be afraid, but don’t pose a threat to one’s safety. For example, a harmless spider living in your attic. When an irrational fear becomes a phobia, it will interfere with one’s daily life. Phobias can be incredibly difficult and disruptive to one’s life.
Below are but just a few of common phobias:
- Fear of enclosed spaces i.e. elevators (Claustrophobia)
- Fear of crowds/people (Agoraphobia)
- Fear of spiders (Arachnophobia)
- Fear of clowns (Coulrophobia)
- Fear of flying (Aerophobia/Aviophobia)
- Fear of heights (Acrophobia)
The list could go on and on, but you can see the variety of phobias that a person might have but it is important to note that a fear does not become a phobia until it affects how you live your life. Finding clowns “creepy” is a common fear, but avoiding going outside because you may encounter a clown becomes a phobia.
Treatment for phobias include Behavioral Therapy and Exposure therapy. NorthPoint is experienced in helping you overcome these fears and get closer to living life to the fullest!
While these behaviors and addictions may seem very different on the surface they often provide the same type of relief or “rush” for the addict. NorthPoint therapists are trained and certified in Addiction Treatment as well as Multiple Addiction Treatment.