Phobia Essay

381 WordsMay 17, 20092 Pages
It's not just a fear... it's a debilitating one. Where you freeze up, and begin to get a cold sweat and your stomach clenches up with anxiety. A phobia is defined as a morbid, irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or people. The list of phobias number in the hundreds, and while many may seem silly to some people, for the suffer, it is very real and very frightening. Almost everyone has an irrational fear or two, but they are not necessarily strong enough to cause problems. For some, these fears are so severe that they cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with normal day-to-day life. A fear can not be classified as a phobia unless it causes unreasonable distress or interference with normal functioning. Phobias bring on sweats, accelerated heart rate, nausea, Shortness of breath, Trembling or shaking, dizziness, Feelings of unreality or of being detached from yourself. Having a phobia is a learned response. A phobia may come from an unpleasant experience or appear without an apparent cause. It can stem from something that now seems insignificant but made an impression on you when were a child. It can be a mistaken reaction that has become a habit. Or a reaction ‘caught’ from your parent. Phobias can be classified into three major groupings. First there is Agoraphobia; which is the fear of public and open spaces. This is the most common of all phobias and often leads to panic attacks. People with this fear avoid crowded places such as malls, theaters and parties. Another category is social phobia. A person with social phobia fears being watched or humiliated while doing something in front of others. The activity could be as ordinary as signing a check or eating a meal. Last, there are specific phobias, in which a person demonstrates excessive, and unreasonable fear in response to particular cause. The

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