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Psychiatric Disorders


 

Simple Phobias (including Social Phobia)

 

Category


Anxiety Disorders

 

Etiology


Often a traumatic event is the precursor for a phobia, which may or may not be at the conscious level.

 

Symptoms


Symptoms include either extreme anxiety and fear associated with the object or situation or avoidance. To be diagnosed, the symptoms must be disruptive to everyday functioning (such as quitting a great job merely because you have to use an elevator).

 

Treatment


Treatment is often behavioral in nature, with the therapist guiding the client through exercises more closely resembling the feared object or situation. Exploring underlying issues can also be beneficial.

 

Prognosis


Prognosis is very good if treated effectively.

 

 

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