By Joseph Gerber


PHOBIA: A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation. (

An estimated 8.7% of Americans suffer from a specific phobia (

About one in four adults suffer from a mental health disorder each year. (

Symptoms of a phobic reaction (

  • 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. (

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

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.