If you have a phobia — an uncontrollable, irrational fear of a particular situation, activity or object — you are far from alone. Phobias are a common problem in today’s world. Some ten percent of the population, or about 19 million Americans, grapple with phobias at some point, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
If these fears are disrupting your ability to engage socially or at work, causing you to spend an inordinate amount of time avoiding the things you fear, and diminishing your ability to enjoy life, it’s time to seek help. The psychiatrists at Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center have successfully treated patients with many types of phobias, using a highly effective combination of therapies. Our caring, compassionate and focused approach has produced proven results for patients of varying ages and with varying symptoms. Our psychiatrists are medical doctors with the training and qualifications to order tests and prescribe medication when warranted.
Phobias appear to most often surface in the mid-teens to age 20 and affect women and men equally. Although some phobias occur following a bad first experience, genetics and other factors also come into play. Some of the most common phobias include fear of social situations, heights, flying, and enclosed spaces (claustrophobia). While many people may find these situations uncomfortable, they can trigger extreme reactions among phobic people.
Through therapy, our patients become desensitized to these overwhelming fears and learn to change the thought patterns that contribute to their reactions. We teach stress-relieving techniques that also help decrease the level of anxiety triggered by their phobia.
If these untreated phobias are interfering with your ability to live a full, satisfying life, the psychiatrists at Atlanta Psychiatric Consultation Center can help. Through our work together, you can find freedom from the fears that are holding you back. Please contact us to arrange a consultation.