Number of Americans who have a diagnosed phobia 6.3 Million
a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.
Percent of things feared that will never take place 60 % Percent of things feared that happened in the past and can’t be changed 30 % Percent of things feared that are considered to be insignificant issues 90 % Percent of things feared in relation to health that will not happen 88 % Morbid Fear Symptoms. The most common and disabling symptom of a phobia is a panic attack. Features of a panic attack include:pounding or racing heart shortness of breath rapid speech or inability to speak dry mouth upset stomach or nausea elevated blood pressure
Treatment for phobias can involve therapeutic techniques, medications, or a combination of both.Cognitive Behavioral Therapy The most commonly used therapeutic treatment for phobias is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) ...Medication Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications can help calm your mind and physical reactions to fear ...
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Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).