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Biological And Chemical Phobias
Understanding And Treating Biological And Chemical Phobias
From the perspective of psychologists and sociologists, a phobia is an irrational fear. However, biologists and doctors sometimes use the term to describe the reaction of animals, plants, and human beings to certain stimuli. Biological and chemical phobias are reactions certain biological or chemical elements that can make life very difficult for patients, and the term “hypersensitivity” is often used rather than the suffix “phobia” due to the latter term’s reputation in the psychiatric community.
Some common examples of biological and chemical phobias are:
- Heliophobia, a reaction to sunlight
- Hydrophobia, a reaction to water
- Lipophobia, a reaction to fats or fatty foods
- Ombrophobia, a reaction to rain
There are many different levels of phobias, but they can become problematic when they affect an individual’s ability to work or have relationships. In extreme cases, a phobia can all but shut down a person’s social life.
Biological phobias can be hard for friends, family members, and loved ones to deal with, and in many cases, it can be difficult to determine whether a phobia is biological or psychological. However, numerous treatment options are available. If you or someone you know suffers from a chemical or biological phobia, seeking treatment is important and can quickly lead to relief of the condition.
The Causes Of Chemical Or Biological Phobias
There are many causes of biological and chemical phobias. Some are genetic, and can be partially treated with medications.
Psychiatrists and other professionals usually spend some time looking into the causes of a phobia before treating it, as this can be beneficial in forming a plan to rid the patient of his or her phobia. It can also help to determine whether a phobia is biological or psychological, which is an extremely important step; determining whether a patient has a reason to fear the object of the phobia also determines the course of treatment.
If you believe that you have a biological phobia, you should realize that psychological causes of apparent physical conditions can occur. Even if you’re positive that you’re having a reaction to sunlight or water, for instance, a psychological issue may be creating feelings of pain or hypersensitivity. There’s no substitute for a doctor’s diagnosis, so seek this before you decide whether (and how) to treat your condition.
How Biological And Chemical Phobias Are Treated
Treating a biological or chemical phobia will involve medication if the reasons for the phobia are biological and strict avoidance of the cause of the phobia. It is often possible for patients with biological phobias to live normal lives, although the condition will never go away–it must be regularly treated by a medical professional.
However, if the phobia is determined to be psychological, a completely different course of treatment will be necessary. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is used in these instances to teach the patient to recognize the phobia as psychological. The therapist then works with the patient to develop successful ways of approaching and dealing with fears. Psychological phobias can be permanently treated with enough time and dedication from the right therapist, even in cases where the patient is convinced that a phobia is biological.
Regardless of the reasons for a phobia, quick treatment is necessary to restore the patient’s quality of life. Biological and chemical phobias should only be treated by trained professionals who are knowledgeable in how different types of phobias work and how they can be successfully approached. If you or someone you know has a phobia of any kind, seek treatment right away for the best possible results.