People with specific phobia experience an irrational, involuntary fear reaction to a specific situation. The reaction is inappropriate to the situation, and generally leads to avoidance of specific circumstances, which pose no real threat or danger. Some common phobias include fear of:
- Small spaces
- Medical procedures
- Vomit (Emetophobia)
- Spiders (Arachnophobia)
- Zoophobia (Animals)
In fact, most people will tell you they have at least one specific phobia, or one thing that makes them nervous, although they may not need treatment. But when a phobia interferes with normal life (for example: when fear of flying makes it impossible to visit relatives or conduct business), professional help may be needed. People who don’t seek help will avoid the phobic situation, or if they must, endure it with intense anxiety or distress.
Take a moment to answer these quick questions and see if you’re at risk for—or currently suffering from—specific phobia:
- Do you have unreasonable and persistent fear of an object or situation such as flying, heights, animals or medical procedures?
- Do you experience fear of places or situations where escaping or getting help may be difficult?
- Do you anticipate the feared situation and go to great lengths to avoid participating?
- Have you experienced shortness of breath, a pounding heart, sweating, trembling or fear of losing control?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, there’s a chance you’re suffering from specific phobia. To learn how the Panic/Anxiety/Recovery Center can help you, or to schedule a consultation, please call us at