Don’t Let Your Fear of Escalators Keep You From Your Favourite Music Store

With fears and phobias they tend to have a specific trigger that we are conscious of. Where as with anxiety and panic attacks it is not so obvious what the trigger is. They are still formed the same way though and the cure is also the same for all.

To have a fear of escalators you must have the resources inside you to create that fear. Stressed emotions are caused by our perceptions. Our perceptions are the result of our past experiences and the meaning we place upon them. So this means your fear of escalators is caused by your perceptions about escalators. Your perceptions about escalators are a result of your past experiences with escalators and the meaning you have placed upon those experiences.

Traditional phobia treatment has been hit and miss because they have been based upon a misunderstanding of phobia causes and the actual structure of a phobia. Traditionally flooding and exposure therapy have been used to reduce phobias and anxiety related problems. If you had a fear of cold water then exposure therapy is like lowering yourself slowly into a cold stream inch by inch. Flooding therapy is like being thrown in. It is very hard not to equate exposure therapy with slow torture and flooding therapy with barbarism. While there was a time when these were the best options available to help eliminate anxiety, thankfully with the help of quantum theory new healing modalities are emerging that are producing seemingly miraculous results.

Memories can be made up of pictures or movies, sounds, smells, tastes and touch sensations. When a memory is created the prevailing feeling at the time is also stored within the memory. Whenever a memory is triggered the stored emotion is felt in the body. The feelings of anxiety a person, with fear of escalators, is feeling is because old memories with fear stored in them are being triggered by the sight, thought or even sound of the escalator. To eliminate anxiety around the subject of escalators you need to go into the unconscious mind and release any negative emotions attached to memories of them.

We approach phobia treatment by interrupting the signal that is being sent from the brain to the organs in the body when a traumatic memory has been triggered.

Every time the memory was activated after your original trauma with escalators, you start reacting to life and your actions become about avoiding pain. To the unconscious mind this validates and provides further evidence for the meaning you have placed upon escalators. You keep recreating the original trauma. If however we interrupt the signal being sent from your brain to your body you will not feel the same level of fear in your body. It is impossible for your brain to hold a visually traumatic memory and not feel the equivalent degree of feeling in the body. If you have interrupted the feeling in any way then the mind must alter the memory to suit the new level of sensation. Continued application of this technique will in a short space of time eliminate anxiety and overcome the fear of escalators.

With flooding and exposure therapies you keep activating the original trauma and the emotion stored within the memory is being felt in the body. This keeps reinforcing and adding evidence to the original trauma. The unconscious mind will not adopt a new perception until you provide enough evidence to the contrary. This is why interrupting the signal from the brain to the organs is so effective. You have provided irrefutable contrary evidence to the unconscious. The brain will instantly drop all previous evidence in favour of the new evidence.

There is no longer any need to suffer from fear of escalators or any other fear for that matter. New understanding of phobia causes has brought about huge improvements to phobia treatment. It is now simple to eliminate anxiety and create freedom from suffering

Agoraphobia and Soclal Phobia

Agoraphobia is a little more complex than that – it is the fear of being in any situation where things could go wrong without the chance to escape or get help. A lady contacted me who had been suffering worsening conditions for more than seven years. Initially it started as a little unease when people visited the house and developed into a situation where she could not go into a shop a bank or any public place without full-blown panic attack symptoms. Her heart would pound and she would feel sick and sweat all over, almost fainting at the thought of having to go and buy a loaf of bread. She also became more and more distressed at people visiting her home. Whether her symptoms were those of social phobia and or agoraphobia was never medically diagnosed. What was worse for her, was the youngest of her children was beginning to copy her behaviour in social situations and this was the final prompt for her to take action. Her doctor had given her medication but she didn’t find it helped change anything in these difficult situations, just dulling the panic attack symptoms. No one really knows the causes of agoraphobia, although their may be some parental influences that affect whether a person is likely to develop either of these conditions such as being over protective or over emphasising the danger of strangers.

Social Phobia – More than being shy

Social phobia is much more than being shy, it is an absolute dread in certain situations that include meeting strangers, shopping, answering the telephone or starting conversations. We can make the mistake of perceiving someone as a shy person when in fact they are struggling hard to contain their panic attack symptoms. Unfortunately, as with my client, over time these symptoms become worse and often there is an increasing number of situations in which they develop. Guilt exacerbates the situation, guilt that loved ones have to go through it too, certainly in this case – the lady was upset that her children had to go to the shops for her, that she nor her children could have family and friends around, nor could she go to help them out or even attend family events. It was a vicious cycle of torment, in more ways than one. It is no doubt difficult for anyone not having been in this situation to even come close to understanding how badly it affects people’s lives and relationships.

Agoraphobia Treatment

Traditional treatment for both agoraphobia and social phobia is usually provided in two ways – drugs and CBT. Anti-depressants are often prescribed since there can be correlation between depression and phobias, or mild tranquilizers to dull the panic attack symptoms. CBT is usually offered and is very effective, it is typically anything up to fourteen sessions and helps you identify unrealistic or unhelpful beliefs and teaches the skills to react more positively in those situations that are causing difficulty. My client had two sessions – the first one taking a full history and then a hypnotic therapy session. After the session I put her in the car and went to our local supermarket, her husband who had been in the car waiting outside, followed. We went straight in to the supermarket and danced, yes, danced in the aisles, knocking a few displays and trolleys I might add as neither of us were particularly skilled at a tango. The second session, two months later, to make sure that all was well and ensure that the therapy was embedded really deeply in her subconscious mind. Four years on and whilst I don’t think she has danced in the aisles lately, she has attended her cousin’s wedding, goes to church every week and no longer sends her kids for a loaf.

The Secret To End Your Phobia: Control Your Imagination!

Think about the phobia that you have. For instance: if you feel so fearful to drive, or to swim, think about it very carefully.

What makes you feel so fearful to drive? Everybody drives their car.

Why should you feel fearful to swim? Everybody swims, and there are swimming pools and beaches everywhere.

So, what is the basis of your phobia?

A phobia is a form of intensified panic attack and anxiety within your mind. It has been built up since a long way back in the past. You might develop it when you are still a kid. Or, you might develop it when you have certain life experience that gives you a deep emotional scar in your being. So, it might be very difficult to remove your phobia from your life.

However, with the right techniques, you will be able to remove it completely.

The first thing that you need to do is to control your imagination. This is the secret to end your phobia. It’s all inside your brain.

When you experience a kind of phobia, your mind is playing with you. It tries to trigger bad memories in the past, and intensifies it more and more.

If you are fearful of driving, it may trigger the experience in the past when you were getting a really bad accident with your car. If you are fearful of swimming, it may trigger the words from your mother that swimming is dangerous and you will be drowned if you try it.

So, your mind will constantly tricking you for as long as you keep submitting to your own dreadful imagination.

The only way to move on from your phobia is to take control of your imagination. So, when you feel the sensation of fear before doing something that you are fearful to do, give your mind a double examination.

First, you have to ask your mind what is exactly you are fearful about. When you come with the answer, then ask further question why should that answer be correct.

Second, intensify your dreadful imagination even more. When you are telling yourself that you don’t dare to drive a car, even just around your neighborhood, let your fear to sink in deeply in your mind. In fact, you have to make yourself more and more fearful. After a few minutes of teasing your mind, tell yourself: “See, there is nothing to fear!” or “It’s all just smoke and mirror!”

Play with your imagination and take control of it because once you are in control of what’s inside your mind, you will be free from your phobia. You can do it gradually day by day, and in time, you’ll be able to control your mind without any problem.

What Does Phobia Mean?

Suffering from a panic attack can be frightening. Most of the people who have suffered from a panic attack in the past may even spend a great deal of time thinking about it. They find themselves worried that they may have another one. That is why it becomes important for the person to identify what may be causing these attacks in the first place. It can certainly help the person gain some control over the entire situation.

One of the first things to realize about panic attacks is that they are meant to protect you. They will often begin when you are faced with a situation that causes you fear or if you are believe that you are in danger. This all happens when the sympathetic nervous system becomes active. It will then trigger your adrenal glands and adrenaline will be passed through your body. This is actually a good thing because it is going to let you know that something is wrong. It is your body’s way of bringing this to your attention. As this happens you will not really have a choice but to let the adrenaline run its course through your body. The parasympathetic system will eventually help to calm you down.

Even though you will need to wait on your body to calm down naturally, there are some things that you can do in order to speed this up a little bit. That is why there are a lot of people that are going to learn relaxation techniques to help themselves relax and calm down when they are facing a panic attack. What is important to remember is that these will not even help if you are continually telling yourself negative things. You will only be feeding into the anxiety and it will be even more difficult for you to calm down and relax. It may be a good idea to stop and think about the fear. When you are able to recognize that the fear has not come to light in the past it will be a lot easier for you to calm yourself down each time you think about it.

Some of the people who have faced panic attacks in the past have reported that they felt like they were going to die. While this may be the way you feel, and it is extremely overwhelming, you must realize that your body is not going to let you die from this attack. You may be able to understand a little better if you take the time to learn about the parasympathetic system and how it works. This, combined with an understanding of your fears, may help you learn to work through the attacks when they occur, or prevent them from happening at all.

You may want to work through your panic attacks alone. But, if you have done this before without success, it may be time for you to seek professional assistance. A professional can help you recognize your fears and how the body works. They will also be able to teach you relaxation techniques to help you get through your next panic attack.