"I'm terrified of dogs. I was
bit by a dog as a child, and now I avoid them at all costs.
When I see a
dog I start sweating, trembling, and feel like the
world is coming to an end.
I know my fear is irrational, but I can't
Phobias are overwhelming, irrational
fears of a specific situation or object that poses no real danger. A
phobia is diagnosed when the dread and fear interferes with a
person's daily life or activities. When the sufferer is exposed to
the feared item they experience severe anxiety such as a panic
People with phobias often avoid the feared object or situation. This
avoidance can extend into avoiding daily activities because the
sufferer believes there is a remote possibility of coming into
contact with the feared item (i.e. fear of dogs keeps you from going
Phobias can occur with other anxiety disorders. A few common phobias are fear of animals (i.e. dogs), fear of
flying, and dental phobia.
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