It is not uncommon for children to feel nervous about certain things or events, such as playing games, passing a barking dog, or sleeping in the dark. But too often, these fears are exaggerated and unreasonable. Some children may develop severe anxiety attacks that may appear to be dangerous. In medical terms, phobia refers to a type of mental illness. It is a strong, meaningless fear of something that poses little or no danger. This is a form of fear that does not end easily as does what happens like seeing a monster in a horror movie. If a child has a phobia, his sense of security and well-being is affected.
Many children often try to avoid things that seem dangerous. If what has happened or threatened is inevitable, children may experience panic attacks, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, tremors, and a strong desire to escape something or something that frightens them. At times, they even feel chest pains and dizziness when they begin to think that something bad or dangerous is about to happen. Failing to address the problem, children who are frightened by their fears often fail to think clearly and may think they are crazy.
Among the various types of phobias, the most common form is called social phobia. This can make one afraid to be embarrassed in front of other people. Children may have this fear and are afraid to talk to the teacher, or they will be afraid to go to the front of the class at a demonstration and tell. Children may also have spider phobias (arachnophobia), or be afraid to live in confined spaces such as claustrophobia, or even fear (ablutophobia).
There is no hard research on how children get phobias. Scientists say that a person’s genetic makeup may play a role in the development of the senseless fear. Traumatic events in a child’s life can do much to cause panic. Most people can get help for their phobias. Some receive treatment within a few months, while others go for a year or more. Treatment is sometimes difficult because some people are often very nervous, or may have a depression problem. Although phobia treatment is established individually, there are a number of methods that have been proven to be effective by psychiatrists and psychologists around the world. Moral support happens by changing and correcting what the child does not want. This type of treatment gives the child an idea to control their life. Psychotherapy, on the other hand, deals with changing unhelpful or harmful thoughts. The child explores his emotions and learns to distinguish between the real and the impossible. By using breathing techniques, children with phobias are able to cope with the stressors that frighten them, as well as their physical symptoms. These are some of the supportive remedies a child can receive to alleviate his or her fears, keeping them open to life and what they offer.
Above all, love and loyal love are essential. Don’t deny this! only part of it will pass.