A phobic reaction starts in the brain but instantly affects other parts of your physiology: Heart rate and blood pressure increase as the sympathetic nervous system activates the body’s fight-or-flight response. Some people may sweat, tremble, faint or have a tense feeling surrounded by irrational fear. Some may be paralyzed with fear or do irrational things such as pulling their hair out or doing other damaging act to their body. Approximately 12.5 percent of American adults will suffer from at least one such phobia at some period in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Phobia responses are basically reactions of extreme fear triggered by a stimulus. Antidepressant medications are often prescribed to help deal with phobias. Unfortunately most drugs also cause side effects.
Hypnosis has been used with great success in eliminating or minimizing phobias and their unwanted reactions. As always, the person with the phobia must want to get rid of it and act in partnership with the hypnotist.