Specific Fears and Phobias

When Fear Becomes Debilitating

While many of us dislike spiders, heights, or being in confined spaces, a fear becomes a phobia when it causes substantial distress and/or interferes with a person’s life. Sometimes phobias stop people from doing things that are important to them, or create significant inconvenience and stress. Someone with a driving phobia, for instance, may avoid driving, and as a result may be restricted in the kinds of work or leisure that they can pursue. Common varieties of phobias include fears of:

  • Animals or insects
  • Storms
  • Heights
  • Water or swimming
  • Injections and/or the sight of blood
  • Enclosed spaces such as lifts
  • Driving
  • Flying
  • Bridges or tunnels

Specific phobias such as these can be treated so that the person is able to face the situations they fear, with increasingly less distress and anxiety.

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