#MentalHealthMonth | Phobias

#MentalHealthMonth | Phobias

Mental Health Awareness Month

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
  • Sweating

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

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.

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