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Mental Health Concerns
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Many people with phobias or panic disorder “fear the fear”
or worry about when the next attack is coming. The fear of
more panic attacks can be very limiting, as people with
phobic disorders often avoid the objects and situations that
trigger panic.
Phobias are divided into three types
:
Specific (simple) phobia: an unreasonable fear of specific
circumstances or objects, such as traffic jams or snakes.
Social phobia: extreme fear of looking foolish or stupid or
unacceptable in public that causes people to avoid public
occasions or areas.
Agoraphobia: an intense fear of feeling trapped in a
situation, especially in public places, combined with an
overwhelming fear of having a panic attack in unfamiliar
surroundings. Agoraphobia means, literally (in Greek),“fear
of the marketplace.”
Resources:
Self-Assessment:
mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/default.aspx?&n=1
Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA):
adaa.org
National Institute of Mental Health:
nimh.nih.gov
Beyond Anxiety & Phobia: A Step-by-Step Guide to Lifetime
Recovery
. Bourne, Edmund J. 2001.