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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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    Stage Fright (Performance Anxiety)

    If you dread the thought of getting up in front of a group of people and performing, you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from performance anxiety, commonly called "stage fright." In fact, most people would rather get the flu than perform. Athletes, musicians, actors, and public speakers often get performance anxiety. Performance anxiety can prevent you from doing what you enjoy and can affect your career. Worst of all, performance anxiety can negatively affect your self-esteem and self-confidence...

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    Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 11, 2017

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