Phobias are another form of an anxiety disorder and are characterized by avoidance of something that provokes extreme amounts of anxiety in a person.
There are three main types of phobia:
1) Specific phobia
A fear of something that is out of proportion to the actual risk the thing feared poses. Examples include: animals or bugs, blood or injection, nature, heights or public speaking.
This is when a person avoids being in situations where they cannot escape easily such as driving in the car, being in line at the grocery store or being in public. Often this fear is developed after experiencing a panic attack in the situation that is now feared.
3) Social phobia
The fear of public scrutiny or humiliation that far exceeds being shy. Those with social phobia fear offending others, being rejected or being negatively evaluated by others.
All of these phobias have therapies that have been proven to be effective in learning new thoughts and behaviors to manage the fears associated with them. Most people can be helped with the right therapy and the right therapist, call us today!
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