Specific Phobias

phobia is an intense fear of, or loathing for, specific objects or circumstances. Although some situations may account for rational fears, an individual with specific phobia anxiety disorder has a level of fear that does not match with the actual danger caused by the situation or object.

Symptoms of specific phobias may include:

  • Irrational or excessive worry about a feared object or situation
  • Avoidance of feared object or situation
  • Intense anxiety when encountering a feared situation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and increased heart rate

Common phobias include flying, heights, specific animals, the sight of blood, or receiving shots.

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