Facing your Fear

faceyourfearsBy Aidann Merrel, Talon Staff Writer

There are so many phobias, and fears on this planet that it’s impossible to say how many there really are. Some people are afraid of heights, snakes, or even the dark. One phobia is known as Arachnophobia, or the fear of spiders. Arachnophobia is probably the most common fear around, for lots of people tend to be terrified of the eight legged organism known as a spider. This phobia tends to affect women more than men, as proven in the polls. When you think about it though, spiders are not really that scary. If anything they are more afraid of you than you are of them. Unfortunately, phobias are hard to get rid of. One has to go through intense counseling to get over their fears, even if it’s something as small as a spider.

Trypanophobia is another phobia, and an interesting one too. Trypanophobia is the fear of injections and needles. The trigger object, which makes a person either act out or freak out, is usually sharply pointed objects or things related to needles. We all get our yearly shots at the doctors, but imagine if you had Trypanophobia. You could get hurt if you jerk away while they inject you with the medicine, and if you go without it you run the risk of getting sick and dying. It might sound funny to be afraid of a little three second prick to your arm, but to a person with Trypanophobia it’s awful. The good thing about this phobia is that only 10% of the American population have this problem, and it’s treatable.

For those who are afraid of heights, and feel like fainting when they get high up, suffer from Acrophobia. This phobia is either caused by a traumatic experience involving heights, or one is just naturally afraid of heights. The signs of this fear include panic attacks when high up, and the desire to get themselves down safely. This includes dizziness when looking down from high up, which can be deadly if there are no railings. A person can easily become dizzy, lose their footing, and fall to their deaths. Phobias are never good, and most can cause injuries or in extreme cases death. Acrophobia doesn’t have any proven methods to treat it, but there are some possible suggestions that will help in the process of getting over the fear.

Life can be scary with all these fears. As Christians we know that God is with us, and if we know Him we know no fear. But for those who don’t know God, things can be tough. Simple fears can turn into big ones, that can take control of a person’s life and lead them to their own self demise. Being honest, the only way a person can truly face their fears, is to put their faith in God. When Jesus came to earth to die on the cross, He took not only the sin of the world, He took the fears of the people with Him. That’s why it’s important to believe in God, and the trinity. Without the guidance and protection of God, we will always be afraid of something. A verse from the Bible to remember is from Psalms 34:4, which says:

“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

With God, anything is possible.