Everyone is scared at one time or another. When someone is petrified with fear of something that causes no real threat then phobias may be at play. Phobias cover a wide range of things and places (really anything the mind can think up). For example, claustrophobia is the fear of small places. Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. Fear of heights is called acrophobia.
Some phobia symptoms include:
- Extreme fear and panic
- Rapid heartbeat
- Shortness of breath
Some of the most frequent phobias clients come to us for are social phobias and fear of flying. We have had success treating phobias with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
If you are one of the estimated 25 million Americans that have fears around flying, Dr. Julia Vigna Bosson often recommends CBT with an overlay of virtual reality technology to help people beat their fears.
At Union Square Practice, we know that phobias can be abated, even conquered, with treatment. After completing an evaluation, we will recommend a treatment plan that will include psychotherapy, or medication, or a combination of both. Each case is different.