Symptoms of Phobias

Notes on the symptoms of phobias

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All phobias, particularly agoraphobia and social phobia, can limit your daily activities and may cause
severe anxiety and depression.
Symptoms include:
. A deep irrational fear of something
· This fear is so intense that it will generate panic attacks immediately if seen. In children
this may be by crying, freezing, tantrums, clinging
Panic attack symptoms include: sweating, trembling, hot flushes or chills, shortness of breath
or difficulty breathing, a choking sensation, rapid heartbeat (tachycardia), pain or tightness in
the chest, a sensation of butterflies in the stomach, nausea, headaches and dizziness, feeling
faint, numbness or pins and needles, dry mouth, a need to go to the toilet, ringing in your
ears, confusion or disorientation.
. The person may recognise that the fear is irrational (may not be present in children)
· You may go to great lengths to avoid the phobic stimulus
· The fear is so great that it prevents you from leading a normal life
· Even thought of the phobia object (i.e. spider) can be enough to cause
. The phobia must not be better described by another disorder; such as Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Separation Anxiety Disorder or Social
. Severe phobia may have symptoms like fear of losing control, fear of fainting, feelings of
dread, fear of dying


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