I recently read about a woman who had a severe phobia from an incident that happened when she was 5 years old. This incident with water when she was a child had meant that she had been petrified of water going over her head since then, and she had spent decades taking an hour to wash her hair in small sections while only in a shallow bath.
The article explained how one session of hypnotherapy had helped her to finally overcome her 30 year phobia.
A phobia is an irrational fear of a particular stimulus. This stimulus can be a situation, a thing, or an activity. People with phobias will either go to great lengths to avoid whatever it is they fear, or they will tolerate it with considerable anxiety. For some people, a phobia can trigger panic attacks. In severe cases the phobia can end up literally controlling a person’s life.