The human being is in constant proximity to nature, this being the environment in which we live despite the various buildings that have been made, that is why we frequently interact with living beings ( non-humans ) that inhabit there, that causes, in some cases, the development of some pathological fears with respect to these beings.

WHAT IS ENTOMOPHOBIA?

Among the different phobias we find one of the most common, entomophobia or better known as insectophobia. Entomophobia is nothing more than the persistent, irrational and exaggerated fear of insects.

Depending on the case, this phobia of bugs can be more or less disabling and deteriorating for the person who suffers from it.

The reactions of people living with this phobia may seem exaggerated to people who observe it, even to the person affected.

This is because the fear they feel is not an adaptive fear (the one we feel in any risk situation ) but rather pathological feelings of fear that can become uncontrollable.

The person who suffers from it is susceptible to the presence of any insect, be it cockroaches, wasps, dragonflies or caterpillars.

There are different more specific phobias that are related to entomophobia but among the two most common we have arachnophobia fear of spiders ) and apiphobia ( fear of any type of bee ).

SYMPTOMS OF ENTOMOPHOBIA

The symptoms of this phobia are quite similar to those found in a large number of other irrational fears.

The person who suffers from this phobia is in a state of anxiety when being in minimal contact with an insect, since it sits on it until seeing it in a photo can cause panic attacks.

Even seeing the insect through a glass, being completely isolated from it, causes a person severe anguish and repulsion to the given situation.

In some more extreme cases, the entomophobic may lose consciousness for a short period of time.

He has uncontrollable sobbing and a strong desire to flee the area where he had the encounter.

TREATMENT TO OVERCOME ENTOMOPHOBIA

The first step to treat this phobia is to carry out an evaluation by a therapist or psychologist to define what type of entomophobia is treated through the symptoms presented and to find the triggers that produce these symptoms.

This allows us to recognize if the individual has a general fear of insects or if it is a specific phobia of some kind.

Once the problem is diagnosed, a series of treatments is carried out depending on the degree of severity that the patient presents.

It is used, mainly, of therapies since these can identify the causes and deactivate the power of them to provoke a reaction.

Tranquilizing medications are also used to reduce the frequency and strength of panic attacks.

People close to you are also a significant factor in treatment since they can help to recognize the symptoms associated with the phobia and understand what to do in case the patient faints or enters a particularly serious panic attack.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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