Powerful or irrational fears can directly interfere with a person’s daily lives by harming their happiness, destroying their feelings of security, and even inhibiting their ability to function. This powerful force can bring about physical and mental changes in a person and even inhibit their ability to function properly during their daily routines.
To help residents throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area with their fear-related concerns, Christie Jones is always ready to work with them as part of her fear counseling sessions. Instead of struggling to understand what may be causing feelings of fear, or how to overcome the debilitating effects they can create, contact Christie Jones to get the support and guidance needed to make lasting positive changes.
The Triggers of Fear
While virtually every person will likely experience some measure of fear throughout the course of their lives, the power of these feelings, and the other symptoms that a person may experience can vary dramatically based on personal circumstances and specific experiences.
In a broad sense, certain situations or stimuli can illicit an instinctively fearful reaction from anyone such as loud noises or the prospect of death. For many people, however, some specific situations or experiences may create powerful feelings of fear that others may not understand or ignore.
Some common sources of fear for individuals include:
- Speaking to a crowd
- Being entirely alone
- Failing or admitting to failure
- Aggression and violence
- And More!
How Fear can Have an Impact on a Person
As a natural response to dangerous or harmful situations, fear is a powerful tool that is typically used to help people survive. Circumstances that would otherwise be painful or even lethal can be avoided through the activation of a system known as the “fight or flight” response.
When a person experiences feelings of fear a number of physical and emotional effects can occur. Some individuals may realize that their perception has been altered, or that their senses have been heightened to a degree. In potentially lethal situations, some people may even experience alterations to their vision.
Some common physical effects caused by fear include:
- An unusual or erratic heartbeat
- Inability to move or paralysis
- Twitching or trembling of the muscles
- Absence of hunger
- Strange breathing patterns
In addition to these potentially harmful physical symptoms, people who experience fear can also suffer from a variety of troubling mental and emotional concerns as well. Feelings of anxiety, increased anger, despair, helplessness, and even terror are all side effects of fear.
Fear’s Influence on Mental Health
For many people, fear can have a direct impact on their overall mental health. Anxiety, for example, typically involves persistent feelings of fear related to a future event that may have a negative or undesirable outcome. Other people may even develop feelings of fear towards a specific situation, object, or other factors as part of a condition known as a phobia.
Some conditions that are known to involve fear as a contributing factor include:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Various phobias
- Social anxiety
- Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Getting Help to Overcome Fear
By working with her patients to understand their situation and the factors which may be contributing to their experience, Christie can guide them towards positive change. Through compassionate support and using her years of experience, she can provide her patients with new perspectives and effective techniques that can allow them to move towards a healthier, more productive approach to dealing with their feelings.
To find out more about how Christie Jones can help people throughout the DFW Metroplex with their feelings of fear through fear counseling, or to schedule a consultation, be sure to contact her office right away!