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How do phobias affect the body?

The affect phobias have on the body are somewhat similar to those experienced when real life and death threats are present. The fear and anxiety experienced in relationship to a phobia can cause increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, fainting, and an inability to think clearly. Although phobias are characterized by an irrational, intense, and disproportionate fear response, it can trigger very real physical symptoms.

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