Why Do People Get Phobias?
People often think if they find the origin of their
phobia, it will be cured. However, things aren't always so simple. Even
if you know that you have a phobia of dogs because you were once chased
by a dog, it probably won't make the fear go away. Studies show that
the triggers to a phobia aren't always related to a specific
incident. Sometimes phobias start because of general stress,
anxiety and fear that gets focused onto one thing or activity.
When a person first experiences a phobia their anxiety builds up, they
get rushes of adrenalin, and they can't deal with stress, therefore
causing a person to form permanent fears.
The National Phobic Society (NPS) published a list
of several different causes:
- Childhood environment
- Genetic predisposition
- Physical factors, like thyroid problems
- Biochemical imbalances and changes in levels of chemical
messengers in the brain
However in difficult times in a person's life, their
subconscious has much to do with their new found phobias. Their
subconscious attaches stress to a fear and it becomes a phobia.
Although finding the origins of the fear will not cure the fears. To
conquor a fear it's about facing it and overcoming it.