Phobias

Phobias

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Phobias

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. You may be able to ski the world’s tallest mountains but be unable to go above the 5th floor of an office building. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood. 

People with phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience 

  • Panic and fear 
  • Rapid heartbeat 
  • Shortness of breath 
  • Trembling 
  • A strong desire to get away 

Treatment helps most people with phobias. Options include medicines, therapy or both. 

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health  

 

If you need emergency mental health services, contact Crisis Services at (814) 456-2014 and/or to go to the local emergency room for assessment. Life-saving assistance in emergency situations can be obtained from the Fire Department, Police Department, or Emergency Medical Services by dialing 911. You can also dial 988 for the Suicide and Crisis hotline.