PHOBIC DISORDER
DescriptionDictionary definition: An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to somethingHaving a phobia means to be afraid of something, or someone. It could control how you live your life, depending on what the phobia is. In reality the phobia a person has poses very little to no danger to someone. Some of the symptoms of phobias are: terror, physical symptoms, obsessive thoughts, desire to flee, anticipatory anxiety.
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TreatmentThe most common way to try and treat a phobia is to use medication. There are many different kinds of medicine to take, so if one doesn't work then there are plenty more to try. Another way to try and treat a phobia is behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy focuses on changing specific actions and uses several techniques to decrease or stop unwanted behavior. One technique used in behavioral therapy is diaphragmatic breathing, taking slow deep breaths to reduce anxiety. Another type of treatment is cognitive-behavioral therapy. Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches patients to react differently to the situations and bodily sensations that trigger panic attacks and other anxiety symptoms.
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ConnectorThere are over 500 different kinds of phobias. A lot of phobias won't interfere with someones everyday life, but there are some phobias that will. An example of a phobia that can affect someones everyday life is social phobia. Social phobia is a persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties and other social events. People are afraid to go into public because they feel people are watching therm and will judge them. Other phobias that can affect everyday life are some specific phobias, fear that a new situation will appear or that the object of your fear will be present during your day. Agoraphobia is another phobia that can affect everyday life. It is phobia of being in a situation where escape would be difficult or impossible, or help would not be available if a panic attack should occur. When attempting to comfort agoraphobia, you might have a panic attack brought on by the agoraphobia.

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StatisticsInteresting statistics on phobias:
  • Females are more prone to irrational fears than males. Phobia statistics suggest that roughly twice as many women as men suffer from panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, generalised anxiety disorder and specific phobia though about equal numbers of women and men have obsessive-compulsive disorder and social phobia.
  • Almost 6.2 million US citizens have some sort of specific phobia.
  • All three types of phobia, social, agoraphobia and specific are likely to effect between 5 and 10 people in every 100.
  • Approximately 5.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 3.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have social phobia. Social phobia typically begins in childhood or adolescence.
  • Phobia statistics indicate that approximately 1 in 23 people suffer from phobias. That’s nearly 4.25% of the population. There are roughly 11.5 million sufferers in the US and 2.5 million in the UK.

Top 10 Phobias1.Arachnophobia
Fear of Spiders. Half of women and 10 per cent of men have, to some degree, a fear of spiders.


2. Social Phobia
Fear of being evaluated negatively in social situations.
Approximately 5.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 3.7 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have social phobia. Social phobia typically begins in childhood or adolescence.


3. Aerophobia
Fear of flying.


4. Agoraphobia
Agoraphobia involves intense fear and avoidance of any place or situation where escape might be difficult or help unavailable in the event of developing sudden panic-like symptoms. Approximately 3.2 million American adults ages 18 to 54, or about 2.2 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have agoraphobia.


5.Claustrophobia
Fear of being trapped in small confined spaces.


6. Acrophobia
Fear of heights.


7. Emetophobia
Fear of vomit.


8. Carcinophobia
Fear of cancer.


9. Brontophobia
Fear of thunderstorms.


10.Necrophobia
Fear of death or or dead things



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http://www.psychologistanywhereanytime.com/phobias_psychologist_and_psychologists/psychologist_phobias.htm

www.phobialist.com

http://www.changethatsrightnow.com/phobia-list-and-definitions/

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Phobia- A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.

Social Phobia- A persistent and irrational fear of situations that may involve scrutiny or judgment by others, such as parties and other social events.

Specific Phobia- A generic term for any kind of anxiety disorder that amounts to an unreasonable or irrational fear related to exposure to specific objects or situations.

Agoraphobia- An anxiety disorder in which there are repeated attacks of intense fear and anxiety, and a fear of being in places where escape might be difficult, or where help might not be available.

Panic attacks- Periods of intense fear or anxiety that are of sudden onset and last a short period of time.

Anxiety attack- A sudden acute episode of intense anxiety and feelings of panic.