A phobia is an anxiety disorder it is a fear of an object, animal, a place, feeling or situation. A phobia is born when someone has an unrealistic or exaggerated sense of danger in relation to a situation or object. In cases where the phobia has become severe, the person will arrange their daily life avoiding the cause of the anxiety. This can result in a restricted lifestyle because things that the person could be enjoying will be self-denied.
- Upset stomach
- shaking or trembling
- Short of breath
- These are some simple common phobias:
- Dogs, spiders, snakes, rodents’
- Having an injection
- Fear of getting a sexually transmitted infection of sexual performance worries
Agoraphobia is often looked upon as a fear of open spaces, enclosed spaces, being in a queue or crowded places. A person who suffers from agoraphobia becomes fearful when being in a place or situation they feel may be difficult to escape from if they suffer a panic attack. In this situation the person will usually:
- avoid using public transport, be in a crowded place, for example, a shop, or restaurant
- fear of confined places such as a lift
- avoids being alone
SAD (social anxiety disorder)
Social Anxiety Disorder revolves around being afraid of any sociable situations. For instance, a person suffering from this disorder may have a fear of speaking in front of an audience because they feel they will embarrass themselves. This type of condition can prevent someone from meeting up with friends and enjoying a social life and hold them back in progressing with their careers.
Phobias do not generally need diagnosing because people themselves know they have some sort of problem. Some people will live with their phobia and just simply avoid their fear. However, if the phobia is interfering too much in your life, your doctor would probably advise you to see a therapist.
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