Many people have mild phobias, such as heights, snakes or spiders. However, sometimes we fear wind farms or cotton wool. The fear creates a fight or flight response and becomes highly disruptive to our lives.
Phobias fall under anxiety disorders. They are a debilitating fear of a feeling, object, place, animal or situation and often seem exaggerated.
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Most people are able to manage their phobias so that they only feel uneasy around the situation or object. But if the response is extreme and affects your regular life, you may have to seek help.
Phobias can be deeply ingrained and are best treated by an experienced practitioner who has expertise in this area.
Acrophobia is an excessive fear of heights and manifests as severe anxiety. A person could have an attack just walking up stairs or climbing a ladder. Sometimes the fear is so great a person can't move. Acrophobia can create a dangerous situation for someone who has it.
Social phobia is an extreme fear of social situations such as speaking in public and interacting with others. The fear can be so extreme it can affect one's relationships with friends, family, and work colleagues. People with social phobia are terrified of being embarrassed in social situations. Social phobia is also sometimes called social anxiety disorder.
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