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How to get rid of a phobia: The simple exercise to overcome your fear of animals or places

Phobias may be caused by a particular incident or previous trauma, according to the NHS. But, a simple eye movement exercise could be the key to overcoming your biggest fears.

A phobia is a debilitating fear of a specific animal, feeling, object, place or situation.

It tends to become worse over time, and causes an unrealistic sense of danger.

People with a phobia may feel dizzy, lightheaded, and they may have an increased heart rate.

But one of the best ways to overcome your fears is to do a quick eye movement exercise.

If you have a phobia, try recalling a distressing event that led to the fear.

While imagining the scenario, slowly move your eyes left to right, left to right, left to right.

Keep going and gradually increase the speed, all the while, still recalling the original event.

After a few minutes, stop moving your eyes, and now imagine the scenario once again.

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Some people may find that they feel less anxious when revisiting the traumatic event, which could help them to overcome their phobia.

This process is known as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), according to Harley Street Therapist, Chris Jones.

"EMDR - otherwise known as Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing - is a form of psychotherapy that is used when a client is recalling a distressing event," he told Express Health.

"The combination of focusing on traumatic memories whilst following a set of repeated eye movements, helps the brain to process previously unprocessed memories."


Almost all phobias can be successfully cured, according to the NHS.

Gradual exposure to the phobia may help some people to overcome simple fears.

But you could also try counselling or psychotherapy to cure your fears.

Medication isn't usually used to treat phobias, but some drugs may be used to relieve the associated symptoms of anxiety.

Phobias are the most common type of anxiety disorder in the UK.

A fear of spiders, confined spaces, public places, and social situations, are the most common types of phobia.

Anybody can develop a fear of something, regardless of their age, gender or social background.

Speak to a doctor if your phobia is affecting your everyday life.



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