If you suspect that you might suffer from a specific phobia, answer the questions below, print out the results and share them with your health care professional.
Are you troubled by the following?
The vast majority of people with an anxiety disorder can be helped with professional care.
Success of treatment varies among people. Some may respond to treatment after a few months, while others may need more than a year. Treatment may be complicated if people have more than one anxiety disorder or suffer from depression or substance abuse. This is why treatment must be tailored to the individual.
Symptoms of having a specific phobia often include uncomfortable and terrifying feelings of anxiety:
Phobias Make Feared Objects Appear Greater, More Persistent
The more afraid a person is of a spider, the bigger that individual perceives the spider to be, new research suggests. Understanding how a phobia affects the perception of feared objects can help clinicians create effective treatments for people who wish to overcome their phobias. (Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 2012; 26 (1): 20) Read more.
New places, high bridges, old elevators may make all of us a bit uneasy or even frightened. We might try to avoid things that make us uncomfortable, but most people generally manage to control their fears and carry out daily activities without incident.
But people with specific phobias, or strong irrational fear reactions, work hard to avoid common places, situations, or objects even though they know there's no threat or danger. The fear may not make any sense, but they feel powerless to stop it.