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How are anxiety and phobias related?

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November 15th, 2014 2:57am
Phobias fall into the category of anxiety disorders, because anxiety is prominent in both of them.
April 19th, 2015 7:54pm
Much likely similar and basically anxiety is when you worry too much but then you are scared of something and it keeps you worrying until you dont say it or until you dont get that fear out until you face it.
September 15th, 2014 10:50am
Phobias can lead to anxiety when the phobias are triggered and are being dealt with. Anxiety can also be cause for phobias to be triggered.
September 30th, 2014 2:34pm
Phobias are overwhelming fears associated with certain objects or situations, which usually pose little or no actual threat to a person. Anticipation of real danger from the situation itself is what causes us to experience anxiety, or unpleasant feelings, often accompanied with nervous behaviors (e.g. shaking, pacing back and forth, biting nails, goosebumps, etc.)
October 23rd, 2014 3:15am
A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. People with certain phobias fear the outcome of whatever they are scared of. It all depends on the person though.
October 25th, 2014 7:18pm
Sometimes certain phobias can trigger panic attacks or can cause a temporary rise in your anxiety levels.
November 3rd, 2014 1:24am
A phobia is a type of anxiety. It's an irrational, unreasonable fear of an object or situation. Common phobias may be fear of the heights, dark, fear of certain animals such as snakes or spiders, or fear of blood -- some people get frightened of having their blood drawn when they go to see their doctor. Many of us have these and often they originate in childhood. But they becomes a phobic disorder -- or known as specific phobia -- when that fear is so great and the worry about encountering a snake or a spider or a dark place makes our life miserable and makes us unable to function.
November 5th, 2014 2:10am
Phobias can be triggering for your anxiety when you're faced with the objects that you're afraid of.
November 8th, 2014 9:32pm
Both anxiety and phobias stem from irrational fear. Phobia the intense fear of a particular object or scenario that the average person would not be afraid of. It will cause you to do things that you wouldn't do in everyday situations. Likewise, anxiety is the wave that overcomes your body, causing you to think irrationally. It makes your overly afraid, however the trigger may or may not be the same thing every time the way phobias are.
November 9th, 2014 5:33am
I think the way our mind works is that we take all the things that we are scared of, or don't undestand, and throw them all in a box in our head. We put a label on that "box", and that label is usually a phobia. That way, we can deal with all those (supressed) things through the phobia. The phobia allows (or forces) us to avoid all the things that are in that "box". This is what psychoanalysis is about, I think, to open that box, and deal with whatever we can if we are to overcome the phobia. But, of course, that line of therapy isn't called "psychoanalysis" anymore .. more like cognitive/behavorial therapy. But yes, the "box' being there, like a piece of sand in an oyster, is an irritant, and we perceive it as anxiety.
November 10th, 2014 2:55am
I believe that phobias cause anxiety often. For example, if one might see a spider and they have a phobia, that will cause then a huge deal of anxiety!
November 18th, 2014 11:06am
Phobia Symptoms Each person's symptoms are a little bit different. However, at least some of the following symptoms will be present during a phobic reaction: •Dizziness, rapid heartbeat, trembling, or other uncontrollable physical response •Sensation of terror, dread or panic •Preoccupation of thoughts; inability to change focus from the feared situation •Intense desire to flee the situation Types of Phobia The American Psychiatric Association divides phobias into three major types: Specific Phobia A specific phobia is a phobia of a specified object or situation. If the feared object or situation is common, a specific phobia may become life-limiting. Specific phobias can be divided into four major categories (plus an "other" category): • Animals: Dogs, spiders, snakes, birds, etc. • Medical: Blood, doctors, dentists, needles, or other medical objects • Natural Environment: Storms, water, or other natural objects • Situational: Heights, driving, elevators, cooking or other specific situations
November 18th, 2014 7:16pm
Anxiety and phobias are related because when somebody has a phobia of something it will bring up feelings of anxiety when faced with it. For example if a person has a phobia of spiders, if they see one it is likely they will feel anxious.
June 7th, 2015 2:18pm
they both make you feel uncomfortable in situations where the phobia could be mentioned and they both could lead to panic attacks.
July 21st, 2015 8:52pm
Anxiety and phobias (fears) are related in that they cause very similar feelings, but from different sources. Fears stem from things that can harm a person: lions, tigers, bears, a dangerous person, etc. If you are face-to-face with a bear it would be expected you would feel afraid. Phobias are related to this because they prevent people from being involved in situations where the things they are fearful of may be present. For example, if someone has globaphobia (fear of balloons) they are likely to avoid going to birthday parties, holiday parties, and festivals because there are likely to be balloons present. That being said, the person is usually not afraid or fearful of balloons when they are out with their friends or sitting at home watching movies. Fears and phobias are context-specific. Some phobias are more common than others (fear of spiders or arachnaphobia, fear of open spaces/not being able to run from a threat or agoraphobia, and fear of closed/tight spaces or claustrophobia), whereas fears such as triskadekaphobia (fear of the number 13) are relatively uncommon and are believed to be irrational. Anxiety evokes many of the same feelings as fears and phobias do; the defining feature of anxiety is that the fear is present in the absence of external stimuli. For example, if you are experiencing fear like you would when you are face-to-face with a bear, but you are sitting at home on the couch, this is likely anxiety. At home there is no threat, there is little to no chance of a bear meeting you in your living room. Even though there is no threat you still feel afraid. This is anxiety. Fear and phobias are a normal part of the human body and human mind. Anxieties, on the other hand, can be disabling and debilitating. If you are experiencing anxiety it is important to talk to someone so that you can work through it.
July 28th, 2015 9:04pm
Well, phobias cause people to freak out. When you have anxiety, you usually freak out as well. They go hand in hand.
September 28th, 2015 11:32am
Phobias generally cause anxiety for the person dealing with one when they're put in a situation that frightens them.
November 9th, 2015 4:45pm
I believe they correlate with each other so much that they depend on each other somehow. You won't simply see a person who's claustrophobic in a closed setting without seeing him freaking out! And sometimes when you're anxious about something you're afraid of the "unknown", yet not too much, or else it's a phobia.
June 28th, 2016 8:52pm
A phobia can cause anxiety. Having a phobia means that you are scared and highly anxious about that particular thing. The anxiety you feel, for example you might start swetting, you shake, you feel like you are going to pass out is due to the phobia. What causes a phobia can be bad experience with that particular thing. For example if you experienced alot of anxiety and fear because you were bitten by a spider so now whenever you see a spider you remember the incident and you get sared/anxious. It has developed into a phobia and you can't be around spiders without feeling anxious.
July 11th, 2016 6:20pm
Hmmm, phobias as far as I can tell trigger anxiety, I might be off the mark though. So anything that you feel is unwelcome, unexpected or undesirable generally trigger feelings of being anxious. The anxiety is usually a negative and in some cases irrational in nature but a response nevertheless against the fear/phobia.
September 12th, 2016 3:07pm
People who experience these seemingly excessive and unreasonable fears in the presence of or in anticipation of a specific object, place, or situation have anxiety issues
November 8th, 2016 5:57pm
When you build so much stress it causes so many issues try and be stress-free sometimes you don't know it comes the pain the hurt the sadness the stress now you needed somebody to talk to to take it away to understand the pain
July 10th, 2017 11:45pm
anxiety is a natural response, phobia not. anxiety is a natural response when we worry, not feel at ease with something or have a kind of fear related to something known or unknown. when becoming too strong and intervening negatively with our daily routine it becomes a disorder. phobias (the intense fear of something whilst in reality there is little or no danger at all) are not a natural response and rate among anxiety disorders.
November 6th, 2017 5:26am
A phobia is a type of anxiety. It's an irrational, unreasonable fear of an object or situation. Common phobias may be fear of the heights, dark, fear of certain animals such as snakes or spiders, or fear of blood.
November 20th, 2018 1:55pm
Usually anxiety takes form in making you nervous for certain things like, say taking off on a plane or talking in class. A phobia is also pretty vague and could be something like driving in cars or being afraid of heights. Anxiety can also form around phobias. E.g: If you have a phobia of the dark, you might have anxiety before entering a movie theater or going to a sleepover. Both of them form around fear and make you nervous or might make you feel unwilling to do certain things because of them. It is good to know your limits for both, though, because if you overdo it it could result in a panic attack or worse.