mental health, therapy, counseling and psychology terms glossary

What is a Phobia?

A phobia is an intense and irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or activity. Individuals with phobias typically experience overwhelming anxiety or panic when exposed to the object of their fear, even if the fear is irrational or unlikely to cause harm.

What are Some Real-World Examples of Phobias?

Phobias can vary in severity and may interfere with daily functioning, social relationships, and quality of life. Common phobias include fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of spiders (arachnophobia), fear of flying (aviophobia), fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia), fear of intimacy, and fear of public speaking (glossophobia).

What is the Best Treatment for Phobias?

Phobias are considered a type of anxiety disorder and can often be effectively treated with psychotherapy. Research has shown promising results with the two gold-standard treatments for phobias and OCD which are EMDR and ERP.

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