Fear reactions may range from simple "hang-ups" to specific (or non-specific) fears which affect the activities or enjoyment of life, to full-blown phobias which may be a part of serious mental illness. Under certain cirtumstances or in specific situations virtually all people experience a variety of rational or irrational apprehensions. Fears seldom travel alone. One may be dominant, but usually several may be present.
Fears often emanate from apprehension of impending danger. Fear of loss of control is primitive, but also common, especially in phobia cases. Fear of fear itself can be debilitating. Hypnotic suggestions can replace catastophic thoughts with truthful facts explaining exisiting problems. Exposing the causes can diminish anxieties and alleviate symptoms, relieving distress.
Researched and prepared by NGH. Published as a public information service by Asya Rivinson, hypnotherapist