Fear! We all feel it, at one time or the other. Fear is an unpleasant feeling of being frightened or worried that something bad is going to happen. Sometimes, we can explain why are afraid; at other times, we cannot!
Sometimes, the fear is strong unreasonable arid very unusual. Such moments of extreme fear are called Phobic moments.
Phobia can be defined as a strong, persistent and unusual fear of a specific object, situation or activity. The fear or anxiety felt is usually out of proportion to the real situation and may be part of a mental illness. The people who go through these fears are fully aware that the fears are irrational. Here are a few of the phobias that people experience:
Achulophobia - The fear of darkness.
Acrophobia - The fear of heights.
Aerophobia - The fear of travelling by air.
Amaxophbia - The fear of vehicles
Anthrophobia - The fear of people.
Aquaphobia - The fear of water.
Heliophobia - The fear of sun.
Thanaphobia - The fear of death.
Autophobia - The fear of being alone.
SocialPhobia - The fear of appearing stupid or ashamed in social situation.
Agoraphobia - The fear of open spaces or public places.
Claustrophobia - The fear of confinement or closed spaced.
Some phobias, especially the fear of certain animals, may begin in childhood and persist into adulthood. Agoraphobia for instance, characteristically begins in late adolescence or early adulthood, and social phobia also tends to be associated with adolescence. (1993-2003 Microsoft Corporation.)
Fear is part and parcel of our lives as human beings, but most of these phobias are without any valid reason. They are just imaginations that we have made up in our own minds and we have allowed to continue to haunt us. For instance, how can we imagine that someone is afraid of the sun, his own shadow or even water when he knows that there is no way he could do without them? Funny isn't it?
As Muslim teenagers, our attitude towards everything in life is that nothing can happen in this life, either good or evil, to anybody except with Allaah's permission. Allaah says:
"No calamity befalls, but by the leave of Allaah, and whosoever believes in Allaah, He guides his heart [(to the true faith with certainty, i.e. what has befallen him was already written for him by Allaah from the Qadar (Divine preordainments)]. And Allaah is the All-knowing of everything (Q64:11).
Allaah's Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) also taught us to say this in the morning and evening: "In the Name of Allaah, Who by His Name harms nothing in the earth nor in the heavens, He is the Hearer, the Knower of all things". (Abu Dawood).
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Whosoever recites this (above dhikr) three times in the morning will not be afflicted by any calamity before evening, and whoever recites it three in the evening will not be overtaken by any calamity before morning" (AbuDawood)
If we have these two noble sayings of Al1aah and His Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) in mind, then we will not have any of these anxieties.
One of the solutions to phobias is to expose the person who is suffering from a particular phobia to something similar to the thing that he fears. This is called systematic desensitization.
Another method that is close to the above is the exposure method, where the person who is suffering from a particular phobia is exposed to that same thing. That way, he may come know that there is no need to fear that thing or situation.
Some drugs have also proved to be effective in the treatment of some phobia.
May Allaah strengthen us.