Phobias are a form of anxiety disorder, mostly characterised by irrational and intense fears of situations or objects that pose no real danger at all.
Everybody has an irrational intense fear or two, it may be heights and a regular check-up at the hospital or encounters with snakes and flying insects.
Most phobias are developed in childhood with few cases of those that develop in adulthood.
Some people find ways to overcome and permanently cure their phobias but for others, it becomes an uphill task that yields no result. So they keep on holding on to their phobia.
Recent scientific research has found out that part or some phobias are controlled genetically and can be inherited down the line.
For phobias that are genetic, it is hard to change or cure them.
Some of the rules inculcated into us by the society has led into our phobia for some objects, situations or “things”.
Studies done in children show that phobias come when we are instructed to fear something and were not allowed to do things.
That led to tendencies and finally developed to become phobias.
In would be no coincidence that as an adult they grow to be fearful of water.
When some people remember of their past experiences with a phobia, they become more phobic and it is thus hard to let go off phobias. It is called fear relapse.
Connections between brain areas involved in the memory of the irrational fear and the emotions that fill us during such moments are attributed to the fear relapse. This makes us hold on to those phobias because of the uncertainty of the outcome process and the extent of the harm.
Responses picked up in our lives taught us to react in specific ways. If the conditions ignited panic in us, we learned to associate fear with the object or situation.
You might even develop the same specific phobia as your parent or siblings, just because they reacted stress-fully in a particular way.
Phobias are had to overcome and permanently cure.
When people think of the situations that arise their irrational fear, they just find it hard to let go their phobias.
The list of causes of phobia and why its really hard to quit some phobias is long.
Sometimes even just finding the cause of phobias to some people is just hard in itself. But through devoted researchers, we can find out why people hold onto their phobias.
Though some of the phobias are just hard to let go, they are persistent and disturbing but with dedicate time put into research, you can find other reasons that make phobias very hard to quit.