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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