According to Johns Hopkins data, approximately 19 million Americans have at least one phobia. This is not to be confused with fear as they have distinct differences. The good news is that phobias are treatable through cognitive behavioral therapy.
Difference Between Fear and Phobia
Fear is a natural human response. It is a healthy emotion and can be a positive tool when it prevents us from harm. For example, fear of walking into the street without first looking for cars. Afterall, you don’t want to be hit by a car. On the other hand, a phobia is an uncontrolled, irrational fear. It is being afraid of something that has no threat of harm.
Types of Phobias
Phobias can fall into one of three categories – Agoraphobia, social, and specific. What does that mean? Glad you asked.
- Agoraphobia – Dictionary.com defines this type of phobia as “extreme or irrational fear of entering open or crowded places, of leaving one’s own home, or of being in places from which escape is difficult.”
- Social Phobia – Rejection and judgment place a big role in this type of phobia. When you have an irrational fear of how people will react to you, that is social phobia.
- Specific Phobia – This is the type of fear most people are familiar with. It is the fear of something specific like a living creature, small spaces, needles – any type of specific thing or situation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Talk Therapy Experts at Garrett Counseling
If you or someone you know suffers from rational fears or debilitating phobias, choose crisis and trauma counseling with one of our skilled professionals at Garrett Counseling. Request an appointment by clicking here, or call (256) 239-5662. We offer in-person and online sessions to fit everyone’s busy schedule and preferences. Don’t live with feelings of fear one more day. Call Garret today!