Symptoms of phobias

Phobias are an anxiety disorder and therefore have the same physical and mental symptoms, but they are often present when the situation or object that is feared is either present, talked or thought about.

The most common symptom experienced with a phobia is a panic attack which can include any of the following:

  • Rapid heartbeat or chest pain
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Dizziness or lightheaded
  • Nausea or choking sensation
  • Increased trips to the toilet
  • Breathlessness
  • Increased sweating
  • Tingling or numb sensation
  • Symptoms differ depending on the specific phobia and you do not have to experience panic attacks in order to be diagnosed with a phobia.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms and it is impacting on your quality of life you should speak to your GP to access the support available.

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