Monday, 1 June 2009

When should you consider getting help with your phobia?

There is no single answer to this question but there are certain guidelines which can help you decide if it is time to seek help or not. I would list these as the following:
  • Your phobia is causing you a high level of disabling fear, anxiety or panic.
  • You can come to the conclusion that your phobia is disproportionate to the actual situation.
  • You have already started to avoid situations or places because of your phobia.
  • Your avoiding situations is disrupting your normal routine in life.
  • You have been suffering from a phobia for more than six months.

Basically, I recommend you do the following. Sit down alone, relax - if you can - and decide you are going to do something about it. Enough is enough and it is time to take over responsibility for your own life. You might even be in a catch 22 situation. I am afraid of going out, I am afraid of making a fool of myself in front of the doctor, etc. etc. Imagine how your life would change if you were not cornered by fears which you know in your heart of hearts are irrational. Take one small step, a positive decision FOR your self-esteem, your well-being, your future and YOUR life.

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