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A phobia involves intense fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation.  Examples include a fear of flying, heights, spiders or seeing blood.  This fear and anxiety is highly predictable and occurs almost always when the phobic situation is encountered.  People with a phobia often manage their anxiety by avoiding that situation or object.  If they cannot avoid the situation or object, they will endure it with intense anxiety.

People with a phobia may be aware that their fear is out of proportion to the actual danger posed by the object or situation.  For example someone with a phobia of dogs may be aware that their intense fear is triggered despite contact with a dog that is obviously friendly and/or quite small.

The intensity of the person’s fear may also result in difficulties attending to daily activities (e.g., a person with a fear of heights may avoid walking or driving over bridges and this in turn hinders their ability to go to work).  To be considered a Phobia the fear needs to have persisted for a period of six months or more.

A Specific Phobia is diagnosed only if it’s clear that legal or illegal drug use is not causing the excessive fear and other symptoms of anxiety.

Disclaimer:  The information covered on this website is for educational purposes only.  Other anxiety disorders including Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Social Phobia (Social Anxiety) can share symptoms in common with Phobias, so it’s important to speak with your GP or a psychologist about your concerns to clarify what you’re experiencing and to receive appropriate treatment.  A diagnosis of any psychiatric or medical condition must only be made by a medical or mental health specialist.  Diagnosing a psychiatric concern is a complex process that involves formal training, do not ‘diagnose’ yourself.

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