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Specific Phobias

Specific phobias commonly focus on animals, insects, germs, heights, thunder, driving, public transportation, illness, flying, dental or medical procedures, and elevators. Although people with phobias realize that their fear is irrational, even thinking about it can often cause extreme anxiety.

While these are relatively common fears, individuals with specific phobias have such a strong fear that it is considered excessive or unreasonable. The reaction or fear is out of proportion to the actual danger that is presented.

 Individuals with specific phobias often avoid situations where they could encounter the source of their fear. When the fear is excessive enough that it interferes with a person’s day-to-day life, limits their ability to function in school or at work, or interferes with their relationships, then it is considered to be a phobia.

Symptoms of Specific Phobias

  • Racing heart
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, unsteadiness, fainting
  • Chest tightness
  • Trembling or shaking
  • Sweating
  • Nausea/abdominal distress
  • Numbness, tingling feelings
  • Choking sensations
  • Hot flashes or cold chills
  • Blurred vision

Phobic Objects and Situations 

  • Animals and Insects: dogs, spiders, snakes 
  • Blood, Injection, or Injury: blood, needles, doctors
  • Natural Environment: heights, dark, thunder, 
  • Situational: driving, airplanes, vomiting

Living in fear limits our ability to embrace and enjoy our lives fully. Reach out today and see how our team can help.