Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms,
which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions ultimately a change in behavior, such as fleeing,
hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.The impact of a phobia can range from annoying to severely disabling.
People with phobias often realize their fear is irrational, but they’re unable to do anything about it.
Such fears can interfere with work, school, and personal relationships.An estimated 19 million Americans have a phobia that causes difficulty in some area of their lives. Seek the help of your doctor if you have a fear
that prevents you from leading your fullest life.
In industrial nations, phobias are the most common kind of anxiety disorder. They can affect people of any age, sex, and socioeconomic status.
An estimated 19 million Americans have a specific phobia, 15 million have a social anxiety disorder, and 1.8 million have agoraphobia.
A higher percentage of women suffer from phobias than men. Simple phobias usually start early on in life - during childhood, and often go away by the time the person reaches late teens. Complex phobias generally start later on.
Genetic and environmental factors can cause phobias. Children who have a close relative with an anxiety disorder are at risk of developing a phobia. Distressing events, such as nearly drowning, can bring on a phobia. Exposure to confined spaces, extreme heights, and animal or insect bites can all be sources of phobias.
People with ongoing medical conditions or health concerns often have phobias. There’s a high incidence of people developing phobias after traumatic brain injuries. Substance abuse and depression are also connected to phobias.
Phobias have different symptoms from serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. In schizophrenia, people have visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, negative symptoms such as anhedonia, and disorganized symptoms. Phobias may be irrational, but people with phobias do not fail reality testing.