Conditions we treat
“A specific phobia refers to an excessive or extreme fear of a particular object or situation, along with awareness that the fear is irrational, unnecessary, or excessive.”
According to Barlow and Craske, this extreme fear is accompanied by physiological disturbances such as dizziness, sweating, palpitations, chest discomfort, breathlessness, feelings of unreality, numbness and tingling. At the same time, the person will be invaded by fearful thoughts and negative predictions about something terrible happening. In order to alleviate the distress and prevent the perceived catastrophe from happening, the person will adopt behaviors or thoughts, such as escape and avoidance.