Phobias – one of the most common mental health disorders – are affecting more than 260 million people worldwide. Some 20 million in the U.S. alone. Fortunately, there are natural ways of self-management . Read on to learn more about.
THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND
More than 3 quarters of all health issues in our industrialized world are ´chronically´ unsolved. One of the reasons is that most of us only focus on physical symptoms of respective health issues. Overlooking the fact that any living species on this planet – man being no exception – is an ecologic phenomenon. I.e. each health issue needs to be considered also from a mental point of view, in relation to its physical status.
With special reference to the fact that there are many mental criteria involved in our ecologic existence most of us are not necessarily familiar with.
One of these mental disorders are phobias, i.e. a type of anxiety disorder with intense and exaggerated fears about a certain situation, place, a living creature or an object. Dependent on a particular trigger, these phobias may sometimes lead even to panic attacks.
Related to following potential physical effects, to round up the ecologic phenomenon.
Not only this. According to the World Mental Health Survey by the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 60% of those having a phobia during lifetime, usually also have another mental health problem such as, inter alia,
Thereby, phobias can be the result of traumatic events.
In the U.S. alone, there are almost 20 million citizens suffering from phobias, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADDA). With up to almost 10% of U.S. citizens being hit by any type of phobia per year.
Internationally, based on research at, inter alia, the University Medical Center in Goettingen, Germany, some 10% of the general population not only were struck by a specific phobia within last 12 months but had a specific phobia during lifetime.
To be developed mostly already in younger years (i.e. in early childhood - about 8 years of age), teenage years and early adulthood, but rarely after the age of 30. Although most phobias come and go during childhood/adolescence, some may well be found even in adulthood.
Thereby, children may express their fear by, inter alia,
Interestingly, based on the above mentioned World Mental Health Survey, females are more affected than males.
TYPES OF PHOBIAS – SCIENTIFICALLY VERIFIED
Basically, ADDA differs between different types of phobias according to. certain fears as anxiety disorders. With acrophobia (fear of heights) and zoophobia (fear of animals) as the most common specific phobias.
Verified by international research at, inter alia,
As a variety, let´s focus now on a sample of different phobia types, as follows (in alphabetical order).
This type of phobia is an extreme fear of heights and one of the most common types which may happen to 5% of the population.
With the effect that those concerned usually are shy to step on a ladder, bridge or balcony, or enter a plane.
Physical symptoms in such cases are, inter alia,
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