Catherine Atnas, London based private psychologist, details the symptoms of a typical phobia, such as an extreme fear of spiders, and goes into how this can inhibit someone’s day-to-day behaviour. The Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
When people are confronted by their phobic situation or object, for example, let’s say you’re very frightened of spiders, then when you’re confronted with that situation where you’ve got a spider in front of you, you might have a really sudden surge of anxiety symptoms very similar to a panic attack. And so what can happen is that over time you start to avoid going to places where you’re likely be confronted by a spider. You might even just thinking about when you start to experience those symptoms, you might try not to think about them at all. Now, what that can mean in the long term is that perhaps, depending on how strong your phobia is and how intense your fear is, you might start to avoid one more situation which you’re likely to encounter your phobia.