What Can Cause a Phobia to Develop?

Anxiety disorders cause people to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. They can be very difficult to deal with and have negative effects on quality of life.

People who have severe anxiety issues may have difficulty at work or in their personal lives. This is because their anxiety can affect their ability to concentrate and keep them from being able to relax.

While anxiety conditions like generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (commonly referred to as “OCD”) garner much attention, some mental health illnesses related to anxiety are not taken seriously. Phobias, for example, can greatly impede people from enjoying a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.

People with phobias are often tormented by their fear. They worry about encountering their phobia constantly, often with little chance it actually happening.

Emetophobia, for example, is a fear of vomiting or being present when someone else is being sick. A natural fear and disgust of being sick becomes unreasonably heightened. As with many phobias, the anxiety becomes disproportionate to the risk of encountering the object or situation of fear. People who have emetophobia begin to go to great lengths to avoid being around illness or becoming ill, usually to the detriment of their personal and professional life.

So how do people develop a phobia? Are they born with it, or is there necessarily a traumatic event that sparks the fear?

If you are interested in finding out where phobias come from and how to deal with them, follow the link just below.


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