Phobias

By Joseph Gerber

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

PHOBIA: A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation. (Dictionary.search.yahoo.com)

An estimated 8.7% of Americans suffer from a specific phobia (Phobias.about.com)

About one in four adults suffer from a mental health disorder each year. (Phobias.about.com)

Symptoms of a phobic reaction (Phobias.about.com):

  • Dizziness, rapid heartbeat, trembling, or other uncontrollable physical response
  • Sensation of terror, dread or panic
  • Preoccupation of thoughts; inability to change focus from the feared situation
  • Intense desire to flee the situation

Different medications and types of therapy are two commonly accepted forms of treatment for phobias. (Phobias.about.com)

A phobia can only be diagnosed by a mental health professional using clinical skills along with the specific criteria. (Phobias.about.com)

Many different websites like the one mainly used for the resources for this assignment, are available online for one's convenience. I bet that a mental health doctor could also answer any questions that need to be answered.