Mental Illness - Phobia - Robert Cote

  1. What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness? Phobias are overwhelming, unreasonable fears of things that usually don't pose much danger. They are long lasting, and can have many serious effects on your work and social life.
  2. How many people are affected by your mental illness? According to the NIMH, about 15 million American adults are affected by various forms of Phobia.
  3. How can someone tell if they have your mental illness? With phobias in general, it becomes apparent if they are extremely afraid of an object/scenario/area for little to no reason (from the perspective of another person).
  4. What treatments exist to treat your mental illness? There are several options, depending on the kind of Phobia you have. If you have a specific Phobia, such as Arachnophobia, it is usually treated by Exposure Therapy. If you have a Social Phobia, it can often be treated by Psychotherapy, Beta Blockers, and Anti Depressants.
  5. How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness? Usually, just going to the doctor, telling the doctor about your phobia. What happens depends on what kind of phobia you have, how severe it is, and many more factors, but if it is truly a problem it will be diagnosed and you will receive attention.
  6. What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness? There are several resources in various media. For example, the internet has many reputable sites, such as the website for the Mayo Clinic, that have very accurate and helpful knowledge.

Resources:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/phob...

http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/social-phobi...

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