There are many types of anxiety which I have mentioned. Social anxiety, panic attacks and stress. Another type of anxiety is specific phobias. People that have specific phobias often have anxiety over certain things or situations. Animals like dogs or cats, being closterphobic in closed-in places or tunnels, being up high, driving fast or driving or walking over bridges.

“Phobias aren’t just extreme fear; they are irrational fear. You may be able to ski the world’s tallest mountains with ease but panic going above the 10th floor of an office building. Adults with phobias realize their fears are irrational, but often facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety”.   http://psychcentral.com/disorders/anxiety/phobias.html”>http://psychcentral.com/disorders/anxiety/phobias.html</a>

I definitly have anxiety over specific phobias, I am highly closterphobic and hate being in inclosed, tight spaces. I am terrified of flying, not because I am affraid it is going to crash, but because I am inclosed in a space for too long and can’t get out. Other people on the flight must think I am crazy because I walk to the bathroom or walk up and down the aisles atleast 40 times. It helps me to feel more free and my breathing is at a controlled rate.

“Specific phobias strike more than 1 in 10 people. No one knows just what causes them, though they seem to run in families and are a little more prevalent in women. Phobias usually first appear in adolescence or adulthood. They start suddenly and tend to be more persistent than childhood phobias; only about 20 percent of adult phobias vanish on their own. When children have specific phobias–for example, a fear of animals–those fears usually disappear over time, though they may continue into adulthood. No one knows why they hang on in some people and disappear in others.

Specific Symptoms of Specific Phobias:

Marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by    the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g.,  flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood)Exposure to the phobic stimulus almost invariably provokes an    immediate anxiety response, which may take the form of a situationally bound or situationally predisposed (In children, the anxiety may be expressed by crying, tantrums,    freezing, or clinging.)”

I found all of this information interesting and helpful.

http://psychcentral.com/disorders/anxiety/phobias.html

 

 

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