Jamaica News, February 21, 2018

Phobias: A phobia is an irrational fear of something. A phobia is actually a type of anxiety disorder that is diagnosable. If an individual experiences a phobia, they usually avoid encountering whatever triggers their phobia.

A person experiencing their phobia will display immense distress, sometimes even panic attacks. Despite being aware of their phobia, an individual cannot control the reaction of fear they get. A phobia attack is different from just a fear.

Symptoms include sweating, restricted breathing, chest pains and shaking.

Phobias can be classified into types. You can have a social phobia, nature phobia, injury phobia among others. Some of the more common phobias include claustrophobia (fear of small spaces), dent phobia (fear of visiting the dentist), gloss phobia (fear of public speaking), arachnophobia (fear of spiders) and agoraphobia (fear of large crowds) among others.

Aside from those really common phobias, you have strange and unnatural ones such as the fear of beautiful women, the fear of people, the fear of long words, the fear of bad odors, the fear of church or the fear of dependence among others.

To summarize, phobias are anxiety disorders from which many people suffer. Some are reasonable, some are questionable and some are downright weird. But that is up to you to decide.


-Anna-Hugh Brown

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