Phobia – Symptoms Treatment Common Phobias

Phobia Symptoms

Phobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of a situation, activity, or object. A phobia can be related to many aspects of life such as phobias about animals, natural environment phobias, social phobias, etc. Phobias are mostly classified according to their objects and situations. Some phobias are common while others are rare.

Phobia is a medical condition that can be treated by qualified phobia therapists, phobia psychologists, or phobia counselors. It is mostly self-diagnosed by people who think they might have phobias. If you think you suffer from phobic anxiety, contact your doctor for diagnosis and treatment options.

Phobias usually develop when the phobic person has experienced an event in which they feared for their life or well-being. When encountering such an event again, even if there is no real danger present, the mind still remembers the fear and gives similar feelings of fear without any actual danger present in reality to trigger the events.


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Gets uncomfortable when phobic object or situation is present.

Feels that phobic object or phobic situation is dangerous.

May have physical symptoms including rapid heartbeat, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, etc.

May have mental symptoms including lack of concentration, stress, frequent replaying the phobia event in mind to find out what went wrong and how it can be avoided next time.


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Depending on the phobia type the treatment may vary slightly but mostly include hypnotherapy to help recall the phobia memory and then neutralize it with proper knowledge provided by phobia therapists or phobia counselors. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to help neutralize any negative thoughts about phobias-related objects like spiders, snakes, heights, etc.

Phobia can be treated successfully but phobias are harder to cure than phobia symptoms. If you suffer from phobias then phobia treatment is recommended for you. The earlier phobia treatment is started the better chances of phobic symptoms being cured or minimized greatly. If left untreated phobias can cost a person their job, marriage, and even life in some extreme cases. Phobias are serious mental health conditions so please do seek phobia help as soon as possible if you think you have any phobia-related problems.

Phobias are uncomfortable feelings that trigger us unconsciously into thinking that something is wrong, bad, or very dangerous when there isn’t anything harmful present in reality. The feeling is very uncomfortable and phobias symptoms can have a negative effect on us. There are phobia symptoms during phobic states but phobia symptoms of phobias never leave the person alone until the phobic situation is over with.

Phobias may be one-time events or long-term phobia problems depending on what kind of phobia an individual has. There are different types of phobias, some common and some very rare. Here we will discuss some major phobias that you might have heard about already as well as some that might still seem new to you or your doctor.

Common Phobias

Acrophobia – Fear of heights

Arachnophobia – Fear of spiders

Claustrophobia – Fear of tight spaces

Cynophobia – Fear of dogs

Alien phobia – Fear of aliens

Electrophobia – Fear of electric things

Entomophobia – Fear of insects

Androphobia, Gynephobia, Hominophobia (Specific phobias) all fear men and women respectively

Aerophobia – Fear of flying

Mysophobia- Fear of germs and bacteria

Athazagoraphobia- Fear of being forgotten or ignored and phobia of being alone, etc.

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