It all started when I was a young boy. I had a strong fear of cats, so strong I couldn’t even look at one. This fear proved to be a great restraint on my life as a kid. In my teenage years, it only got worse, as I often felt like I was going to have a panic attack when near cats. It was like a dark cloud looming over me – no matter what I did, I could not shake my fear of cats.
My family was worried and they took me to see a therapist. After discussing my emotional state, the therapist diagnosed me with Ailurophobia – a fear of cats – and started treating me accordingly. The treatment involved cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is aimed at changing my attitude and thought processes. The therapist also prescribed medication to aid with my anxiety.
With consistent treatment, I was able to slowly confront my fears and gain control over my own thoughts. I was finally able to go near a cat without feeling anxious or uncomfortable. This was an incredible breakthrough!
Today, I am no longer afraid of cats. I’ve been able to move past my fear and live a happier life. With the help of my therapist and the right treatments, I was able to overcome my ailurophobia. And I’m thankful every day.