Phobias

by: Eric Beverly

AGLIOPHOBIA

Agliophobia is the persistent, unwarranted and often irrational fear of pain.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

Like in all other specific phobias, Agliophobia also originates from an intense traumatic experience in the past as well as intrinsic factors. People with will this fear, will not do anything that could possibly cause harm to them.

HOW CAN IT BE CURED?

A combination of drugs and behavior therapy have been known to be successful of treating the fear of pain phobia. However, most doctors warn anxiety medicines give only temporary relief and could lead to side effects or adverse reactions. Family members and friends should help and support the phobic. One should keep an eye on the individual to ensure they do not turn to pain receiving medicines that could lead to overdose.

ARSONPHOBIA

ArsonPhobia is the fear of fire. People with this fear, will avoid barbecues, campfires, fire pits, matches and anything else that has to do with fire.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events, such as tramatic events and internal predispositions.

HOW CAN IT BE CURED?

Therapy is known to work well by slowly curing a person of arsonphobia by showing them a video of fire then giving them a candle but with a fire extinguisher just in case a big fire started, they could handle the situation. After awhile of exposing them to a candle, they would be given a lighter and a unlit candle to see if they could light it and hold it without freaking out. If the test is a success, then they have been cured of their phobia of fire.

MECHANOPHOBIA

Mechanophobia is having a fear of machines. People with this fear, will avoid factories and other places with machines.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

Mechanophobia is usually caused by an intense negative experience from a person's past, such as losing a finger or hand when operating Machinery, especially if the machine was a buzz saw, a chainsaw or anything with a very sharp blade.

HOW CAN IT BE CURED?

The fear of machines can often be treated by Psychotherapy, hypnotherapy or by trying to find the underlying cause.

OPHIDIOPHOBIA

Ophidiophobia means to have an abnormal fear of snakes, which is common in adults.

WHAT CAUSES IT?

The fear of snakes could develop by an encounter with a snake by accidently stepping on one and being bitten, hissed at or threatened. It can also develop by witnessing a freind or family member being harmed by a snake. The last way it can develop, is being learning about them from a TV show and seeing what they're capable of.

HOW CAN IT BE CURED?

There are three ways the fear of snakes can be treated. 1. Exposure Therapy by exposing yourself to a snake in a safe and controlled environment. 2. Cognitive Reconstructing means to indentify the negative and false beliefs and throught patterns that underline your fear of snakes. 3. Relaxation Training has the purpose of providing you with abilities and techniques you need when faced with the object of your fear.