|Home | About Bipolar Disorder | About David Oliver | Bipolar Articles/Stories | Bipolar Success Stories | Blogs and Podcast | Catalog | Contact | Current Bipolar News David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials|
Formerly called Simple Phobia, patients with Specific Phobias exhibit all the symptoms of an anxiety Disorder; the class in which these phobias are diagnosed. Patients with a Specific Phobia have an intense and overwhelming fear of a location, thing or person or animal, and they persist in this fear in of the fact that the object poses no real threat to their well-being. Some of the most common specific phobias are fear of tight spaces or closed-in places, fear of heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, elevators, water, flying, dogs or other animals, snakes, birds, spiders, bees, and blood or needles. Specific Phobias are not just normal fear. They involve irrational and paralyzing fear that causes physical and emotional symptoms of anxiety and avoidance. Patients realize that these fears are irrational, but the very idea of facing the thing that they fear can often bring about a panic attack or severe anxiety, with rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath. If the thing the patient fears is easy to avoid - for example a person who does not have to fly often, may not have difficulty avoiding air travel – and therefore may not seek treatment. When a patient makes an important career or personal decision based on his/her phobia, or if a phobic fear is carried to extremes, it can be debilitating to social, work and family life. Most phobias persist for years, sometimes even for decades, and few without treatment. Fortunately, most Specific Phobias respond very well to treatment. Phobias typically do not result from one exposure, like a dog bite or near drowning. Rather, there is often evidence of phobia in other family members, and of social or vicariously acquired phobias that occur through conditioning, and behavior modeling, e.g. your mother’s extreme fear of bees and her irrational and fearful behavior around bees may cause you to become phobic about bees.
What are the symptoms?
Some symptoms of Specific Phobias may vary. The following is a summary of symptoms:
How is it diagnosed and treated?
Before diagnosing Specific Phobia, doctors will perform a thorough physical and mental evaluation and rule out other disease or disorders such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Separation Anxiety Disorder. Social Phobia or Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia. Diagnosis is based on the persistent occurrence of the symptoms detailed above.
Treatment(s) can include:
This Week's Bipolar News
Sleep Better Tonight with These Science-Backed Strategies
How Rheumatoid Arthritis Affects Mental Health
Click here for all Bipolar News.
The Warning Signs Of An Impending Bipolar Disorder Manic Episode
Bipolar disorder - as the name implies - involves two distinct set of symptoms. One set throws the individual down into the depths of a massive depression. The other places the individual who suffers with bipolar disorder at the top of a peak manic episode.
Most everyone can eventually recognize the warning signs of an impending depressive episode related to bipolar disorder. More likely than not, individuals with bipolar disorder try very hard to avoid it.
However, for many individuals with bipolar disorder, it's more difficult to recognize the signs of an impending manic episode. After all, a manic episode of bipolar disorder can be mistaken in some cases - especially in the very early formation -- for the lifting of the corresponding mood swing of the depression.
Home | About
Bipolar Disorder |
About David Oliver | Bipolar
Articles/Stories | Bipolar
Success Stories | Blogs
and Podcast | Catalog |
| Current Bipolar
David Oliver In the News | Donate | Events | FAQ's | FREE Resources | Health Directory | Other Illnesses | Recommended Sites | Site Map | Speaking | Testimonials
| The information contained
on this web page is not meant to provide medical advice.
Specific medical advice should be obtained from a qualified and licensed health-care practitioner.
There is no warranty that the information is free from all errors and omissions or that it meets any particular standard.
Copyright 2004- 2021 , BipolarCentral.com