Health Tip: Do You Have a Phobia?12/22/10
(HealthDay News) -- While fear is a normal reaction to a
perceived danger, a phobia may be diagnosed when a fear is
exaggerated or irrational.
The American Psychiatric Association says these symptoms may
indicate a phobia:
- Feelings of terror, horror, panic or dread.
- Self-understanding that the fear goes beyond the actual
- Fear that is so extreme that it interferes with thoughts and
- Physical symptoms such as feeling short of breath, a rapidly
beating heart or trembling.
- Going out of the way to avoid situations that trigger the
phobia, such as flying.
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