Are situational phobias serious?

The seriousness of a situational phobia depends in part upon how likely the feared situation is to occur and how deeply the phobia alters that person's daily life. If a person is highly likely to encounter the feared situation, or avoidance of the feared situation interferes with relationships, work, and daily life, the phobia can be very serious. These types can result in serious social withdrawal and depression. The physiological symptoms of situational phobias, such as sweating, trembling, hyperventilating, heart palpitations, nausea, and dizziness adversely affect the body. If you aren't in a position to run into the trigger of your phobia very often, though, you may find that it doesn't adversely affect your life that much.

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