Being afraid of spiders or snakes is normal, but not going outside or avoiding activities because you may come across a spider or snake is an example of a phobia.
Phobias are irrational fear of places, objects, or activities that interfere with your ability to work, socialize, and perform daily acts of living.
Some more examples of phobias include:
Social phobia- when you avoid public places or being in groups of people for fear of looking stupid, weird, or being judged by others. Agoraphobia- fear of feeling trapped in a public place, and includes fear of having a panic attack in a public place, with no escape. Specific phobias- such as fear of spiders (arachnophobia) Claustrophobia- Fear of being trapped in an enclosed space such as an elevator. Acrophobia- fear of heights Emetophobia- fear of throwing up
Phobias are not unusual and are treatable. When we work together, you lead the pace of treatment based on your comfort level. When you are ready to stop letting your fears control you we will work together so you can take back your life.