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What are the symptoms of situational phobias?

The symptoms arising from a situational phobia are very real and uncomfortable and manifest in physical responses as well as psychological reactions. Symptoms sometimes vary, but in general contact with, or in some cases just thinking about, the feared situation may cause sweating or trembling along with feelings of nausea or dizziness. You may begin to hyperventilate or feel panicked, depressed, or anxious as your heart begins to race. You may feel strongly about avoiding the phobia-inducing situation.

Situational phobia is different than a realistic fear about a dangerous situation or mild anxiety about participating in new or unpleasant situations. Healthy fear is a natural response to actual danger, whereas a phobia elicits an extreme or irrational response that disrupts an individual's normal life.

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