Phobia Talk To Us


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.

Physical Symptoms

  • 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

Emotional Symptoms

  • Overwhelming fear or anxiety
  • Feeling panicked or trapped
  • Feeling detached or not present
  • Feeling powerless
  • Feeling out of contol
  • Feeling death is imminent

Effective Treatment

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.