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Specific phobias

Specific phobias: Introduction

Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Some of the more common specific phobias are centered ... more about Specific phobias.

Specific phobias: Irrational fears of specific situations, actions or items. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Specific phobias is available below.

Symptoms of Specific phobias

Treatments for Specific phobias

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Specific phobias?

Specific phobias: Related Patient Stories

Types of Specific phobias

  • Fear of flying
  • Agoraphobia - fear of unfamiliar surroundings
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of crossing bridges
  • Fear of dogs
  • more types...»

Causes of Specific phobias

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Disease Topics Related To Specific phobias

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Specific phobias: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Specific phobias

Cluster of diseases with difficult diagnosis issues: There is a well-known list of medical conditions that are all somewhat difficult to diagnose, and all can present in a variety of different severities. Diseases in this...read more »

Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden...read more »

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or...read more »

Dementia may be a drug interaction: A common scenario in aged care is for a patient to show mental decline to dementia. Whereas this can, of course, occur due to various medical...read more »

ADHD under-diagnosed in adults: Although the over-diagnoses of ADHD in children is a well-known controversy, the reverse side related to adults. Some adults can remain undiagnosed, and indeed the...read more »

Bipolar disorder misdiagosed as various conditions by primary physicians: Bipolar disorder (manic-depressive disorder) often fails to be diagnosed correctly by primary care...read more »

Eating disorders under-diagnosed in men: The typical patient with an eating disorder is female. The result is that men with eating disorders often fail to be diagnosed or have a delayed diagnosis. See misdiagnosis of...read more »

Depression undiagnosed in teenagers: Serious bouts of depression can be undiagnosed in teenagers. The "normal" moodiness of teenagers can cause severe medical depression to be...read more »

Undiagnosed anxiety disorders related to depression: Patients with depression (see symptoms of depression) may also have undiagnosed anxiety disorders (see symptoms of anxiety disorders). Failure to...read more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Specific phobias

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Specific phobias: Rare Types

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Specific phobias

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Article Excerpts about Specific phobias

A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Some of the more common specific phobias are centered around closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, dogs, and injuries involving blood. Such phobias aren't just extreme fear; they are irrational fear of a particular thing. You may be able to ski the world's tallest mountains with ease but be unable to go above the 5th floor of an office building. While adults with phobias realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety. (Source: excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH)

 

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