Everyone has certain items or situations that make them uneasy or frightened, but most people are nevertheless able to carry out daily activities without incident. In contrast, people with specific phobias continually avoid specific situations or objects due to intense irrational fears, and the avoidance and distress consequently disrupt their lives in considerable ways.
Common things which adults sometimes have phobic anxiety of include:
- Thunder storms
- Injections or blood tests
- Various modes of transportation, including flying, subways, buses, trains, or cars
- Small or enclosed spaces
- Doctor or dentist visits
If these symptoms seem relevant to you, we can help. Feel free to contact us by calling our main desk at (212) 246-5740.
The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) provides evidence-based treatments for all of the anxiety disorders, including: