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Phobia Question - February 26th 2010, 04:48 PM

How bad does something have to be to be considered a phobia?


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Re: Phobia Question - February 26th 2010, 05:05 PM

Here's the DSM (psychiatry bible) criteria for having a phobia:


Diagnostic criteria for 300.29 Specific Phobia

A. Marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood).

B. Exposure to the phobic stimulus almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response, which may take the form of a situationally bound or situationally predisposed Panic Attack.
Note: In children, the anxiety may be expressed by crying, tantrums, freezing, or clinging.

C. The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable. Note: In children, this feature may be absent.

D. The phobic situation(s) is avoided or else is endured with intense anxiety or distress.

E. The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared situation(s) interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational (or academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.

F. In individuals under age 18 years, the duration is at least 6 months.

G. The anxiety, Panic Attacks, or phobic avoidance associated with the specific object or situation are not better accounted for by another mental disorder, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (e.g., fear of dirt in someone with an obsession about contamination), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (e.g., avoidance of stimuli associated with a severe stressor), Separation Anxiety Disorder (e.g., avoidance of school), Social Phobia (e.g., avoidance of social situations because of fear of embarrassment), Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, or Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder.


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Re: Phobia Question - February 26th 2010, 05:15 PM

Please note that while that is what the DSM IV says, only a psychologist or doctor can diagnose you. So if you are having difficulty with a particular fear, I highly suggest you see someone who can diagnose you and get you the help you need. Phobias are completely treatable.




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Re: Phobia Question - February 26th 2010, 06:05 PM

thanks guys. My fears appear to be just fears, not phobias. Thanks


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Re: Phobia Question - February 26th 2010, 07:28 PM

Hey there,

The DSM IV criteria is probably the best thing to reference to when describing the symptoms of a disorder but as Lizzie has said, only a medical professional is able to diagnose you. If you're worried about your fears then don't hesitate to seek help.

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