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What Are You Scared Of?

Common phobias and how to overcome them.

Everybody is scared of something. Maybe you hate snakes so you don’t visit the reptile exhibit at the zoo or you fear heights so you don’t go on roller coasters. While it’s normal and even healthy to have some degree of fear in response to danger, some people’s fear goes to the extreme. Called a phobia, certain situations or objects create overwhelming physical and psychological symptoms in response to an unreasonable, irrational, and exaggerated fear.

Phobias come in many forms, affect people at any age, but typically have similar symptoms. With the right treatment, phobias can be overcome.

Fear can make a moth seem the size of a bull elephant. - Stephan Richards, author of 'Releasing You from Fear'

Specific, Social, Spaces

Most phobias fall into one of three categories: specific, social, or open spaces. Examples of specific phobias include the fear of storms, heights, animals, insects, airplanes, blood, needles, clowns, or loud noises.

More than your regular dose of shyness, a social phobia is extreme self-consciousness, fearing social situations, scrutiny, rejection, embarrassment, and offending others to the point that it interferes with work, social life, and relationships.

The third type of phobia is agoraphobia, the fear of being in open spaces, exposed to a feared situation and unable to escape. This could be a fear of crowds, leaving the house, using public transportation, being in a tight space, being in a wide-open space, or waiting in line. Agoraphobia often develops after a panic attack and the person who suffers with agoraphobia doesn’t want to visit the place or situation where the last phobia occurred.

Panic and Dread

Phobias cause both physical and psychological responses to the perceived fear. A person usually knows fear is unwarranted and irrational, but he or she can’t control it or stop thinking about it. As a result, a phobia sufferer may feel panic, terror, and dread that lead to shortness of breath, a racing heartbeat, trembling, sweating, nausea, dizziness, a sense of panic, and the willingness to do anything to avoid or escape the object or situation.

Children may exhibit a phobia through crying, clinging to their caretaker, or tantrums.

Learned or Inherited?

Why do people develop phobias? If a family member has a phobia, you’re more likely to have one also. This could be genetic or learned. Maybe you were born with a sensitive, cautious, fearful disposition or perhaps you learned such behavior from your mom or dad. Fear can be a learned response. If your mom ran for shelter whenever there was thunder and lightening, you would likely also fear storms.

Many people develop phobias following a traumatic event. A dog bite as a child may create an intense dread of dogs or cruel ridicule by your peers may lead you to fear social situations.

Medication + Therapy

Don’t let fears keep you from leading a normal life. Without treatment, phobias can lead to loneliness, depression, substance abuse, or even suicide. Only 20 percent of phobias heal on their own, so if you don’t get help, you’ll likely deal with your phobia the rest of your life. Your doctor can refer you to a mental health professional for diagnosis and treatment.

Medication, psychotherapy, or a combination of both is used to treat phobias. Medications help keep anxiety and panic at bay. Beta-blockers relieve the physical symptoms of anxiety, antidepressants relieve anxiety and improve your mood, and sedatives help you relax.

Through psychotherapy, an individual can learn healthy ways of viewing the feared situation or object and how to control thoughts and reactions. Through gradual exposure to the cause of the fears, a phobia-filled person can learn to overcome and conquer anxiety.