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Phobias

1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Phobias           3. How Can I Help Myself Cope with Phobias? 
4. Information on Treatments and Support for Phobias    

3. Phobias  

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder which, according to the NHS, is characterised by a fear based upon an "exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object."

Because phobias are anxiety disorders, they share the same symptoms as generic anxieties.  These include but are not limited to:

  • Unsteadiness, dizziness and light-headedness;
  • Nausea;
  • Sweating;
  • Increased heart rate or palpitations;
  • Shortness of breath;
  • Trembling or shaking;
  • An upset stomach

Phobias are split into two specific groups based upon when they develop:

  • Specific phobias are severe when you are younger and decrease in severity as you grow older.  These are likely the types of phobias you think of as phobias (e.g. spiders, heights, blood, flying, etc.);
  • Complex phobias occur when you're an adult, and are notably more disabling (e.g. social anxieties, fear of open spaces).

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