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Phobia and Social Phobia


Phobia means fear. This word is derived from Greek. Phobia means a persistent, irrational, fear of a particular object, person, place or situation. The attack of phobia can last for some minutes or hours. During that time the person is in tremendous anxiety and fear.


Phobia is mainly seen in women. It is common in all age groups. It is also same in men who are more than twenty five years of age. This disease is also known as generalized anxiety disorder. Some people have this disorder from their personal experiences. It can be any tragedy that has occurred to them in the past. Some people have fear for snakes and spiders because they feel that they will harm them. There is sudden rise in the blood pressure, the pulse rate becomes high, and the person goes in the state of numbness and will not be able to move or react until the attack is over.


People may have fear in appearing any functions or in a crown. These individuals do not like a tension been given on them. They fear to make speeches or sometimes just to go in a crowd. They will try to run away from the situation so that they will feel better. These are known as social phobias. Some people have phobia for a specific object, person or a place. These phobias are formed from their personal experiences. For example fear of snakes. When the person sees a snake there is acute attack of anxiety. This is known as specific phobia. Some people have tremendous fear while going to new places and while having to leave their homes which they think is the safest place. These individuals are comfortable in their homes and on leaving, they will cause acute attacks. This is known as Agoraphobia.

Phobia Treatment

The best treatment is to desensitize the patient to the entity they fear. For example, if they fear for snakes, make a picture of a snake and keep it in front of them. But first the patient will have an acute attack. But after some days the patient will get used to it and will start touching it. Slowly the fear starts to disappear and then the patient should be exposed to the real object. At first the patient will have and acute episode but later on the patient will overcome the fear. This is known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The word phobia can also be used in many other places. For example, hydrophobia, photophobia.

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