The Symptoms of Phobia

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

What is Phobia

A Phobia is an intense and irrational fear of a certain situation or a certain object that is not harmful at all.

Phobias either develop as a result of traumatic childhood experience with the feared object (for example developing fear of dogs because a dog ran after you) or as a result of seeing someone's reactions to the feared object.

If a parent experienced intense fear in front of his child as a result of finding himself in a certain situation then the child might develop a phobia as a result. (see How childhood experiences affect adulthood).

The Symptoms of Phobia

If you are not sure whether your fear is a rational one or whether it's a result of phobia then go through the following symptoms to know the answer to your question.

The symptoms of phobia are:

  • Intense Irrational fear: The most important phobia symptom is finding yourself afraid of an object or a situation that can never harm you. For example fearing a spider and getting terrified if it gets close to you.
  • Increased pulse rate.
  • Stomach distress.
  • Dizziness and nausea.
  • Freezing.
  • Sweating.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Several other anxiety related symptoms.

Can phobia be treated?

According to psychology each behavior that was learned, even if it was a phobia, can be unlearned provided that you take proper actions.

There are different methods that can help you get over your phobia like gradual exposure, desensitization and hypnosis.

The below links will help you understand each of these treatment methods and help you get over the symptoms of your phobia.

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