Mental Health Professionals

Fear and Phobias

Phobia is a term that is thoroughly overused and is seen as interchangeable with the word fear. Fear is a common and normal human emotion experienced by every human being to have ever existed, even lower level animals feel fear. Fear is not an completely bad thing as it keeps us alive and safe by triggering our fight or flight response. Phobias are like fear on steroids. According to Medical News Today, a phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes an individual to experience extreme, irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place, or object. A person who experiences phobia will go as far as to completely change their life to avoid the object of their excessive fear. Someone with phobia may even be scared when they simply think or talk about a certain thing. The actual danger posed by something is way lesser than what the person perceives it to be. A person who suffers from claustrophobia likely would be triggered when they are in small places like elevators, tunnels or even things like small store dressing rooms. A person who has arachnophobia might try to avoid going to a particular restroom in which they saw a spider before. Many a times, phobias does not require treatments as long as it doesn’t directly impact your life in a negative manner. But if you feel that your irrational fears are out of proportions and prevents you from living your daily life normally, it is an indication that you might need professional help.

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