A phobia is an identifiable and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable and is triggered by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation. Children and adolescents with phobias consistently experience extreme anxiety when exposed to the phobic object or situation. Common phobias include fear of animals, insects, blood, heights, closed spaces, or flying. In children and adolescents, the identified fear must last at least six months to be considered a phobia rather than a transient fear.
Worried that your adolescent might be a victim of one these below:
- Specific phobia– Is your child fearful of a certain object or situation and suffers from a panic attack when is brought closer to the fearful object/ situation?
- Panic disorder– Does your Child tend to panic in every difficult situation or at any disturbing sight? Does he/she have a very weak heart and loses breath, starts sweating while facing any complicated circumstances?
- Agoraphobia-Does your child refuse to step out of the house often? Does he/she get afraid of open spaces?
- Selective mutism– Is your child afraid to speak in front of a large audience and gets numb? Does he/she freeze usually when showered with questions?
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