Pyrophobia

The way we react to the classical element of Fire is entirely dependent on the situation it is presented to us. Think about the different situations fire can appear in your own home. In a fireplace, it creates heat that allows you to survive comfortably. However, if the fire were able to escape and appear on your floor, it may create a feeling of panic or terror. Through human nature, we are able to see the positive and negative aspects of an open flame and understand the feelings of joy or terror it can create within us. For some, fire is strictly a source of crippling fear that is often uncontrollable, which may begin to negatively impact your social life. Pyrophobia deals with the fear of fire, regardless of the situation it is presented to us through.

Symptoms of Pyrophobia

Symptoms associated to this phobia generally mimic anxiety disorders and can cause a person to lose their ability to function in stressful situations. Some people will be uncomfortable around fire, their heart rate may increase and they may begin to tremble or fear nervous. Others suffering from a more severe case may flee the situation entirely, feel nauseous, lose their breath, completely panic or even faint. If left untreated, the condition will gradually worsen which will put a strain on social relationships and may cause a person to lose their self-esteem or become unable to maintain their lifestyle.

Treatment of Pyrophobia

When a person is struggling to cope with their pyrophobia, they will usually feel helpless and the idea of combating their fears and overcoming their phobia may seem insurmountable. If your pyrophobia is starting to negatively impact your life, there are several treatment options available that have shown progress in treating the condition. A few of the most popular methods of treatment are:

  • Exposure Therapy – A person is gradually introduced to their fears until they become desensitized.
  • “Talk” Therapy – Traditional psychological measures have had success in familiarizing a person with their fear and usually seek out the root of the problem.
  • Relaxation Techniques – Breathing methods and other mental tricks to reduce stress can be used to cope with a stressful situation or when presented with fire.
  • Support Groups – Meeting with other people who share your fear or have since overcome a fear of fire can help you talk openly about your fear and gain insight on how to best beat it.
  • Medication – In extreme cases, anti-anxiety medication can be prescribed by a medical professional. However, this is usually discouraged as medication can carry alternate side-effects as well as a chance of dependence.

There are many ways in which a pyrophobic person may be treated and by doing some Internet research you will be able to find the best treatment options available locally to you. Seeking out these methods of treatment are highly recommended as symptoms related to pyrophobia are usually rather severe.

If your pyrophobia is starting to negatively impact your life, it may be time to seek out a treatment method you feel comfortable with. Following these established treatment methods has proven useful in treating this phobia in the past. It’s not too late to overcome your fear of fire and by having a strong personal motivation for change and a willingness to follow a treatment plan nearly ensures your personal success.

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