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Understanding Phobias -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of a Phobia?

At the heart of a phobia, there is anxiety. There are three main types of phobias:

  • Specific phobia, a persistent, irrational fear of particular objects or situations, such as snakes, spiders, heights, blood, flying, or elevators.
  • Social phobia, or social anxiety disorder, a persistent, irrational fear of situations where you may be scrutinized or criticized or embarrassed by other people.
  • Agoraphobia, a fear of leaving home, being alone, or being away from home in a situation where you feel trapped or helpless.

If you have a phobia that interferes with a normal social or working life, it's time to get treatment. The right kind of therapy can often lessen your anxiety and may diminish or even remove the phobia.

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10 Questions for Doctor About Anxiety

Since you were recently diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit. What are my treatment options for anxiety? Are there any underlying medical problems that could be causing my anxiety symptoms? Will I need to take an anxiety drug? If so, for how long? What side effects can I expect from medications? Can I do anything to prevent these medication side effects? Should I begin therapy sessions? Which type? How long before I can exp...

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Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on March 29, 2013

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