Symptoms - Phobias Physical symptoms. People with phobias often have panic attacks. These can be very frightening and distressing. The symptoms often occur suddenly and without warning. Psychological symptoms Complex phobias. Complex phobias such as agoraphobia and social phobia can often have a detrimental effect on a person's everyday life and mental wellbeing.
While there are almost as many phobias as there are situations, the most common kinds of phobias include social phobia, agoraphobia, claustrophobia, coulrophobia, aerophobia, zoophobia, arachnophobia, dentophobia, aichmophobia, ophidiophobia, acrophobia, mysophobia, and hemophobia. Agoraphobia often co-occurs with panic disorder.
The physical symptoms you can experience may include: feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded or faint feeling like you are choking a pounding heart, palpitations or accelerated heart rate chest pain or tightness in the chest sweating hot or cold flushes shortness of breath or a smothering sensation nausea, vomiting or diarrhoea numbness or tingling sensations trembling or shaking.
“Although recognized by the epilepsy and the psychiatric communities, seizure phobia as a distinct anxiety disorder among PWE is insufficiently described in the medical literature,” they said. Seizure phobia has been defined as an anxiety disorder in which patients experience fear related to anticipation of seizures in certain situations.
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