A phobia is an excessive fear of exposure to a specific object or activity that is not harmful. When confronted by such objects or events, such as elevators, funerals, lightning storms, insects or furry animals, individuals with a phobia become extremely fearful. Specific phobias may also involve fear of losing control, panicking and fainting when confronted with feared object.
A social phobia is a persistent fear of exposure to possible scrutiny by others. A person with a social phobia may fear that he or she will do something or act in a way that will be humiliating or embarrassing. While everyone is afraid of something, a phobia becomes a problem when it interferes with functioning at work or in usual social situations or if the person is markedly distressed about the problem.
- Feeling hot or flushed
- Pounding heartbeat, chest pain or elevated blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing or hyperventilation
- Dizziness or lightheadednes
- Sweating, tingling or hot/cold flashes
- Racing thoughts
- Dry mouth
- Upset stomach or vomiting
- Faintness or fatigue
- Overwhelming fear or anxiety
- Feeling panicked or trapped
- Feeling detached or not present
- Feeling powerless
- Feeling out of contol
- Feeling death is imminent
When a phobia begins to control an individual's day-to-day life, it is time to seek professional help. Centerstone staff are trained to help individuals with a phobia safely face their fears so they can overcome them.