Fear (how do you deal with it)

Fear is a normal phenomenon in our society. We raise our children in fear. We say things like: “not too close to the water, otherwise you will fall in.” Well-intentioned, but not when you say this too often and too quickly, not always wise. Sometimes fear becomes a problem partly because of this and what do you do then? According to the encyclopedia, anxiety is a phenomenon that occurs in many general psychological disorders of the nervous system (neuroses).

Fear is divided into four levels:

  • mild anxiety
  • reasonable fear
  • great fear
  • panic


What is fear?

Fear is a warning. At least that’s how we use it in education. In fact, we all say to our children: avoid danger! Originally, fear was intended to make us alert. Fear makes you more aware of your surroundings and makes you more aware of danger.
Fear can also be learned. You become afraid of dogs because you were bitten once or you become afraid of small spaces because you were once locked in an elevator.

Anxiety disorders

Sometimes learned fears can become so severe that the fear has become central. You avoid more and more situations because you are afraid that you will become anxious. In this case you speak of an anxiety neurosis or a phobia. These people often also get panic attacks when they find themselves in that situation. They then experience palpitations, dizziness, tremble and feel short of breath because they breathe faster and more superficially. Sometimes they even faint. Only reasons to avoid that situation even more.

Forms of phobias:

  • agoraphobia (fear of square and street)
  • social phobia (fear of people, fear of making a mistake in public)
  • simple phobia (fear of one object (animal, plane, blood, etc.))

Read more about phobias : Anxiety disorder: the phobia.

How do you get rid of anxiety disorders?

The answer is simple, but less easy to implement and that is to confront it. Do this in very small steps. So if you are afraid to go outside, start with the backyard, then go to the end of the street, etc. And don’t go too fast, enjoy every step you have achieved, because every step is another victory over yourself and worth celebrating.

Posttraumatic stress disorder

A very serious form of an anxiety disorder is post-traumatic stress disorder. These people have experienced something terrible that they cannot process and forget. Sometimes this only surfaces after years because they have repressed the memory as much as possible. Post-traumatic stress must be treated because it will control your life. Many people who experience this become seriously depressed and exhibit bizarre behavior. They no longer have control over their own thoughts.

Multiple anxiety disorders

There are even more anxiety disorders as described above, such as:

  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: people feel compelled to perform certain actions.
  • Acute stress disorder: This is a bit like post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Hypochondria, fear of dying, fear of swallowing. In short, fear that something will happen to your body without there being a physical reason for it.

Search for help

If you suffer from anxiety that is negatively affecting your life, it is wise to seek help to try to overcome your anxiety. Seeking help is already the first step, the first self-conquest and once you have done that you can be proud of yourself, even though you know that you still have a long way to go. Medication can provide a solution for extreme anxiety, so in that case too it is very wise to seek help.

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