From fear of heights to the fear of flying, for many years human beings have faced several factors, places, or things that we terrorize with just to see them. However, this may mean that we have developed a phobia to that which we cause terror. According to the National Survey of Psychiatric Epidemiology in Mexico, the most common mental disorders are phobias, so that 71% of the population.
Claudio Plá, doctor, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, tells us that a phobia “is an irrational fear that is generated by a mixture of negative stimuli” this is because “the people have a base of stress and then have a bad experience” which causes it to detonate phobia, depending on the situation; in most occasions we can not avoid the traumatic event. Also, he says that there are cases where the parents are the ones who transmit that fear to their children and even couples can be spread between them.
The expert comments that “the phobia is very limiting and, as we say, the paintings of anxiety are like a hopscotch board where the person is jumping from one box to another because you obtain symptoms”. Events such as the death of a loved one or even a divorce can be triggers of the fears, because the centers of the alarm, which are located to our base of the brain are activated.
On the other hand, it is possible to combat and deal with these fears. It is recommended that a combined therapy: first it is possible to prescribe the patient anti-anxiety drugs or minor tranquilizers, however, “there are modulators of anxiety that are more sophisticated pharmacologically speaking”. The next step would be through psychotherapy, where they teach you relaxation and breathing techniques to help control stress and anxiety in the body. There are also other methods like yoga or meditation that can serve the patient to have a better control.
Phobias are irrational fears caused by negative stimuli and the combination between the stress and a bad experience in the past
One of the great problems within the detection of a phobia is that patients take a long time to approach the doctor and prefer to avoid the situation. However, there is a point where fear becomes intolerable because that starts to limit them in their daily activities and in your life. The psychiatrist commented that “the most common phobias are the means of transportation, mainly airplanes, claustrophobia, phobia of insects, it was more frequent in women than in men,” and adds that he has seen some rare as a “phobia to buttons or to situations that are unusual or rare”.
That is why Dr. Claudio Plá along with Paul Cavalieri, who is a facilitator in neuro-linguistic programming, and a team of experts taught the course “Power to Fly” in Argentina. The program includes group courses, where people have the opportunity to live with others who experience the same fear of flying. There are also individual meetings, DVD’s, video conferencing, manuals, and books. In addition to this, the team used a special element that helps the passengers to be able to overcome their fears: a simulator.
Plá, says that virtual reality becomes increasingly popular, so that they work with a helmet that generates the environment for the people and the service is provided by a Spanish company. They are the responsible to produce different environments; for example, a lift or tall buildings for the fear of heights, and even an experience of flight as the objective is to “raise the awareness of the patient and to acquaint you with the object”. Also the simulator can create environments for the fear of injections or removal of blood.
The team being Able to Fly will be a course in Buenos Aires, Argentina the 8th of July. However, have planned to step on mexican soil during the last week of November of this year to help the mexican people to overcome their fear of flying. The ambassador of Argentina in Mexico, Daniel Chuburu, working in conjunction with Dr. Plastic to bring the course to Mexico. For its part, Cavalieri mentioned that in the group courses “people are going to meet with other couples who share their experiences and will begin to put humor to this topic of fear.”