December 21, 2010
Health Tip: Do You Have a Phobia?
Here's how to tell
(HealthDay News) -- While fear is a normal reaction to a perceived danger, a phobia may be diagnosed when a fear is exaggerated or irrational.
The American Psychiatric Association says these symptoms may indicate a phobia:
- Feelings of terror, horror, panic or dread.
- Self-understanding that the fear goes beyond the actual danger.
- Fear that is so extreme that it interferes with thoughts and actions.
- Physical symptoms such as feeling short of breath, a rapidly beating heart or trembling.
- Going out of the way to avoid situations that trigger the phobia, such as flying.