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Why bother treating a phobia? People with untreated anxiety disorders may be more susceptible to other psychological disorders such as depression according to the American Psychological Association. The group also notes that relationships with family members, friends and coworkers can be strained, and job performance can suffer when a person's anxiety disorders are left untreated.
All fears can be overcome. The key to achieving this is first being able to be strong enough to admit to ourselves, then others that we indeed have a fear. This is where many people can falter because they may be either too embarrassed or too proud to admit that they are afraid of certain things. Sometimes fear can be viewed as a sign of failure and weakness, however it is more courageous to admit your fears than to deny or avoid ever having these feelings. Fear is a natural human emotion and is built in us as a way of protecting ourselves; therefore it is perfectly normal to be afraid.
Acknowledgement of fear puts you in a position to gain control. You are ready to turn the fear into a positive and constructive force by counteracting it with action. Robert Louis Stevenson said, "You cannot run away from weakness; you must sometime fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now and where you stand?"
It will be hard and it takes a long time so trustworthy people must be found to help you – people who won‘t get impatient or misunderstand. There will probably be lots of failures but each failure means a small step on the way to success. There's something else that's happening, too. All the time you're challenging fear with action, you are developing problem solving techniques. You're learning a skill that can be applied to your 'life after fear' and there's going to be a lot of that once you make the decision to challenge your condition.
We all have problems to solve at every stage of our lives. From infancy to old-age, we face uncertainties and must apply ourselves to solving the problems those uncertainties bring. Once you learn problem solving techniques, you have an ability that can become the basis for all kinds of success. As previously stated, you need to find a trustworthy person to help you face your fear. They can help you by sharing their own thoughts and assisting you in working through your feelings. After admitting your fears, the next step is to work through and analyze them. There is a reason for everything that happens in life, as there are reasons why we fear certain things. Fears need to be knocked straight on the head and dealt with if we are to have any peace of mind, and this can only be done by locating the root of the problem. Once you can establish what is causing your fear, the easier it will be to solve the problem.
Arm yourself with as much information as you possibly can. One person‘s account of dealing with their own fear of spiders involved an in-depth investigation of the spider as a creation of nature. He looked at pictures, studied their webs and learned to look at them through different eyes. He deliberately chose to go to places where he knew there would be spiders – old barns, basements/cellars, lakeside cabins, etc. When a spider showed up, he took his initial panic reaction and turned it into a physical study of himself and his response as well as studying the spider itself. This was done after extensive research into spiders and their characteristics. Armed with this knowledge, he was able to control his panic and turn it around to work for him instead of against him – and it worked! By learning more about the creatures he feared, he was able to view them in a different light and heal himself.