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How are situational phobias diagnosed?

Situational phobias are diagnosed by clinical evaluation of an individual's symptoms and medical, psychiatric, and social history. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), which is published by the American Psychiatric Association, lists the criteria for the diagnosis of specific phobias. A medical professional can evaluate an individual based upon their responses to questions designed by the DSM to screen for specific phobias.

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