What is a phobia?

A phobia is an extreme and irrational fear of certain objects, situations, or activities that often causes a person suffering from a phobia to go to great lengths to avoid the cause of their fear. There are three types of phobias: specific phobia (e.g., fear of snakes), social phobia (e.g., fear of public speaking), and agoraphobia (e.g., fear of having a panic attack in a public place).

How do phobias happen?

Phobias can result from genetic predisposition, environmental factors, extreme trauma, or a combination thereof.

What are common symptoms of phobias?

Symptoms of phobias can vary widely by type and person, but simply speaking a phobia causes someone extreme and irrational feelings of fear and discomfort upon being exposed to the source of the phobia.

What is the treatment for a phobia?

Treatment for phobias depends on the unique situation of the patient. Mind Life Matters offers a number of treatment options for phobias. If you feel you may be suffering from phobias, we encourage you to request a consultation by clicking here. Alternatively, you can call us at (336) 791-2311.