Phobias can range in severity, and can be disabling. In some cases, while a person with a phobia may realise it is irrational, they feel unable to do anything about it. Phobias can interfere with professional life, school or personal life.
Types of phobia include: agoraphobia, which is a fear of places which you feel you can’t escape from; social phobia, which is a social anxiety disorder; acrophobia, which is a fear of heights; claustrophobia, which is a fear of tight or enclosed spaces; glossophobia, also known as performance anxiety, which can involve a fear of public speaking or being in front of a crowd; dentophobia, a fear of going to the dentist; and aviophobia, as well as numerous other phobias.
Symptoms of phobias include; shortness of breath; a pounding heart; dry mouth; inability to speak; nausea; upset stomach; chest pain; trembling; increased blood pressure; sweating; a choking sensation; and a sense of ‘doom’ or dread.