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Phobias

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by Stahl RJ

(Specific Phobia; Simple Phobia)

 

Definition

A phobia is an intensely fearful response to a situation or object. Phobias can interfere with different aspects of your life. Most phobias develop in childhood, though some develop during adulthood.
There are many kinds of phobias, which can be grouped into these categories:
  • Agoraphobia —Fear of being trapped in places or situations where escape could be difficult or impossible
  • Social phobia —Fear of social situations and being judged or evaluated by others
  • Specific phobia—Fear of a specific object or a situation
People with phobias don't have any control over their anxiety . Treatment includes medications and counseling.
 

RESOURCES

American Psychiatric Association
http://www.psychiatry.org

Anxiety and Depression Association of America
http://www.adaa.org

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada
http://www.anxietycanada.ca

Canadian Psychiatric Association
http://www.cpa-apc.org

 

References


Phobias. American Psychiatric Association website. Available at: http://www.psychiatry.org/phobias . Accessed June 4, 2013.


Phobias. Mental Health America website. Available at: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/phobias . Accessed June 4, 2013.


Phobias and fears. Help Guide website. Available at: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/phobia%5Fsymptoms%5Ftypes%5Ftreatment.htm . Updated May 2013. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Phobic disorders. The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/psychiatric%5Fdisorders/anxiety%5Fdisorders/phobic%5Fdisorders.html . Updated November 2012. Accessed June 4, 2013.


Specific phobia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated March 13, 2013. Accessed February 24, 2014.

Agoraphobia. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated November 8, 2012. Accessed February 24, 2014.

Social anxiety disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed/what.php . Updated July 1, 2013. Accessed February 24, 2014.

 

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