#MentalHealthMonth | Phobias
Most of us have said “I have a phobia of (insert phobia here).” However, although we generally may have a fear of said object or thing, but most of the time, isn’t a phobia. When we think of a phobia, we often assume it’s a synonym for a fear. This isn’t necessarily the case. According to HelpGuide.org, a phobia is “an intense fear of something that, in reality, poses little or no actual danger.” So, a phobia is just a fear that’s intensified.
Some signs and symptoms of a phobia include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Racing or pounding heart
- Chest pain or tightness
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
- A churning stomach
- Hot or cold flashes; tingling sensations
The most common types of phobias include:
- Fear of spiders
- Fear of snakes
- Fear of heights
- Fear or closed spaces
- Fear of storms
- Fear of public speaking
- Fear of flying
- Fear of germs
- Fear of illness or death
- Fear of needles and injections
When Do You consider seeking help for your phobias?
Here are a list of considerations according to Helpguide.org:
- It causes intense and disabling fear, anxiety, and panic.
- You recognize that your fear is excessive and unreasonable.
- You avoid certain situations and places because of your phobia.
- Your avoidance interferes with your normal routine or causes significant distress.
- You’ve had the phobia for at least six months.
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.