Fear…At some time in our lives, we each experience it – our stomachs are queasy, our hands are clammy, our muscles clench and we seem unable to catch our breath. We may even physically tremble or become immobilized…
Fear immobilizes our ability to make decisions and locks us in a state of insecurity and lack of trust.
Did you know….
- 18.8 million adults will suffer from depression this year
- 2.3 million adults will struggle with Bipolar disorder this year
- 9.1 million adults have an anxiety disorder
- 2.4 million adults will experience a panic disorder this year
- 3.3 million adults will be treated for OCD this year
If you suffer from debilitating fear, you are not alone…the National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 1 in every 5 adults suffer with the anguish of a fear-related disorder! These problems will go untreated because most feel too embarrassed to seek help, or just think it’s a simple bout of the “blues.” In some cases yes but in most cases, that is simply not true!
Agoraphobia, the fear of any situation that might provoke panic attacks, or fear of losing control. Agoraphobia is often accompanied by panic disorder
Fear are phobias that create a physiological response in their sufferers. When someone encounters his/her phobia, he/she will experience what is known as the “fight-or-flight response“. An increase in adrenaline causes one’s heart and breathing to accelerate, muscles tighten and sweat glands to activate, it also triggers a release of stored sugar, increased metabolic rate and inhibited digestion. The “fight-or-flight response” is activated when one feels threatened and is a sort of biological safety mechanism. With phobias, however, this response is irrational and does not serve its original biological purpose to keep humans aware and able to cope with dangerous situations in some cases
Although scientists are not sure as to exactly what causes phobias, many believe that they are caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Phobia can be caused by a traumatic event if someone almost drowns then they may develop a fear of water ..!
fear of confusion
fear of killers and robbers
fear of panicking
fear of death
fear of clowns
fear of needles
fear of stalkers
fear of love
fear of getting hurt
fear of the future
fear of car accidents
fear of not being happy
fear of being buried alive
fear of losing someone you love
fear of the past coming back
fear of someone not loving you back
fear of disappointing the people you love
fear of hurting the people you love
fear of not knowing what’s going to happen yes it could go on and on..!
An interesting theory is that humans are “biologically prone” to having certain kinds of phobias, such as the fear of snakes, spiders or other potentially poisonous creatures, because those fears may have been crucial to the survival of humans long ago and they remain in our brains to this day
studying phobias has raised several questions in mind. For instance, if phobias are, at least in part, a hold over from thousands of years ago, why haven’t they disappeared yet? If we can adapt to have phobias to keep us away from danger, can’t we adapt to not have phobias? Or are phobias just a complication that comes along with having a complex biological system, and therefore complex defence mechanisms?
Another interesting idea is that phobias seem to demonstrate the connection between emotions and the body. One experiences an emotion and then has a physiological response or is it the other way around? In any case, could understanding phobias be a gateway to understanding this mind-body connection further I believe so it makes better sense than having to rely on drugs controlling our body’s although drugs may help in sever cases and they do in time but they also help because we believe they do so why not believe that our own mind – body has its own drug hummm?
Fear can condition and train you to believe something that doesn’t even exist. Everyone has the right to break free of those ideas. Every fear can be flipped so it benefits you and drives you to achieve more. By actually acting from a place of fear you can compound that fear or even diminish it. It’s better to approach things from a state of your higher self than ego and fear. Our deepest fear is that we feel inadequate and playing small in life reinforces that fear. We are all meant to shine, but playing small or safe does not enlighten yourself or the world. You can either conquer your fear today, right now, or be a slave to it for the rest of your life I believe that phobias are learned, and can therefore be unlearned …just take a moment and think about it ‘all actually comes from frame of our infrastructured minds..!
Fear is defined as, “an unpleasant feeling of apprehension or distress caused by the presence or anticipation of danger.” But what is the origin of this unpleasant feeling – fear itself?
Written by Joanne Wellington for Mediums World
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