General phobias include anxiety, panic attacks, OCD and those general feelings of unease, tension or fears that are not related to a specific trigger but by a certain situation.
General Phobias – Find Yours
In this section on fears, phobia types and phobia treatments we’re going to introduce the most common types and general categories of fear or anxiety inducing phobias, explain them in simple terms and look at treatment options available. Let’s not forget, there are literally THOUSANDS of different specific phobias – we’re only looking in depth at those most common but treatments for other phobias will follow the same options and principles.
There are three main categories of phobias (see also types of phobia)so let’s start with those:
Social Phobia Or Social Anxiety Disorder: Social phobia is a fear of social situations – it’s a fear public humiliation or embarrassing oneself in front of others.
Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia is anxiety in situations where the sufferer perceives the environment as being difficult to escape or get help.
Specific Phobias: A specific phobia is a fear of one or many things and is a generic term for any form of anxiety disorder that amounts to an unreasonable or irrational fear related to exposure to specific objects or situations.
General Phobias, Types & Treatments – Is Yours Listed Below:
It is estimated that anxiety disorders affect more than 40 million adults in America. Any stressful event in an individual’s life is known to cause anxiety. However, chronic anxiety is neither mild nor brief and it can last for up to six months. It is also known to get worse if the condition is left untreated. Anxiety disorders, in general, are classified as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobic disorder.
Social phobia is a fear of social situations – it’s a fear of public humiliation or embarrassing oneself in front of others. These days it’s better know as the more aptly named Social Anxiety Disorder. It’s extreme self consciousness and intense nervousness brought about by a fear relating to some form of social situation – a fear so intense that it can cause avoidance of all social situations.
Social Anxiety Disorder, or Social Phobia as it’s also known, does not just affect adults but can impact on the lives of children too. As such there are a number of anxiety programs devised with kids in mind. A child is said to experience an anxiety disorder when the distress experienced by a child due to any form of stress factor is much greater than experienced by others of an equal age.
Agoraphobia is the fear of the outside or being in a kind of situation from which a person (who suffers the condition) believes it is difficult to escape or even find help to escape. It’s definition suggests a fear of wide open spaces but it goes much deeper than that – it’s a fear of being in ANY situation where escape might be thought to be difficult or impossible or that there would be no help available if things went wrong …
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder or simply GAD as it’s more commonly shortened to, is a pattern of worry and anxiety over many events in the life of the individual. It interferes with his/her ability to function normally and relax as everybody else does. There are many anxiety disorders including panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, GAD, and others …
Panic attacks are characterized by the following symptoms: a sudden feeling of extreme anxiety without any discernible cause, palpitations, uncontrolled tremors, sweating, a choking feeling, lightheadedness, nausea, numbness, chills, hot flashes, tightness in the throat, trouble swallowing, etc. The symptoms of a panic attack may be similar to those of a heart attack …
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (we better know it as OCD) is a psychiatric illness that is difficult to both understand and treat. It is actually an anxiety disorder that is characterized by uncontrolled repetitive and intrusive thoughts in the mind of the sufferer. As a result of such irrational thoughts, pictures, and impulses that occur over and over again, the person develops strangely compulsive behaviors.
You’ve only got to check out the Beat Your Fears Phobia List to realize just how many thousands of specific phobias there actually are. Whilst there’s plenty that we’ve all heard of there are many more that we perhaps haven’t considered and yet can absolutely devastate the lives of sufferers. We’ve detailed some of the more common specific phobias …