A phobia is a marked and persistent fear cued by the presence or the anticipation of a specific object or situation such as flying, heights, animals, insects etc. Despite recognising that the fear is excessive or unreasonable, the phobic situation is often avoided or endured with intense anxiety or distress, which may interfere significantly with the person’s normal routine, occupation, or social or academic functioning. Obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and post traumatic stress disorder may also involve phobic avoidance of a specific stimulus.
As you may have seen on the recent BBC programme “Phobias”, hypnosis can be a very successful method of treating such fears. In fact, the National Phobics Society has been recommending clinical hypnosis to its members for the last three years. The NPS describes this form of treatment as “a great success, in terms of being extremely beneficial to clients”.