Effects Of Phobias On A Person

Effects of phobias on a person. The physical effects of some phobias on the body are throwing up, fainting spells, panic attacks, and heart attacks. Some people throw up when faced with a phobia. I know...

Some people throw up when faced with a phobia. I know a girl with fear of needles who actually kicked a nurse in the stomach. I worked with a guy who had a fear of heights and fainted on a balcony. Very few people literally go berserk in a phobic situation, but their reactions prevent them from accomplishing the things that they could normally accomplish.


For instance, there is a fear of urinating in public restrooms. I know a fellow who gave up a promising career, because his office moved to a new building, and he didn't feel safe with the layout of the restroom. There are multiple stories of people who have a fear of public speaking or flying and have to turn down jobs. There are agoraphobics who are essentially trapped in their home. There are people with a fear of spiders who spend every night huddled in bed under the covers.




These are very intelligent people. It doesn't have much to deal with willpower, either. People think, "well, just get over it." It's literally like trying to hold your hand to a hot burner. Your mind says no and is much more powerful than your conscious logical mind. The side effect of this is depression. There are two reasons for it in my opinion. First, they get depressed, because they have a phobia. It's depressing to be out of control. Second, if you have a phobia that keeps you in fear most of the time, your body cannot maintain the chemicals coursing through your blood stream. You just crash. The good news is that when the phobia is gone, the depression is gone. Having any constant source of anxiety can create depression.

There is a very slight risk of certain kinds of heart conditions with phobias. It's hardly enough to be worth mentioning, because any source of long-term stress is damaging to your health. If you have a fear of flying and only fly twice a year, that's probably not going to damage your health. If you have agoraphobia and are constantly battling your anxiety every day, yes that's going to have a negative affect on your health.

A panic attack is a phobia in which the person doesn't know what the trigger is. Triggers can be subconscious. Any stressor in your life would increase the probability of having a panic attack or phobia. I worked with the girl who, during a panic attack, thought she was having a heart attack and was going to die. She had trouble at her job and trouble in her personal life. She was late for an appointment, zipping in and out of traffic until she came to a traffic jam. It was the straw that broke the camels back. She called 911 thinking she was going to die. Ironically, she was late for an appointment for a relaxation class. The doctor told her she had tachycardia, a heart condition. Those words created more panic in her. Tachycardia is not typically a serious condition. It's just a fast heartbeat. It scared the living daylights out of her by the time the doctor got around to explaining it wasn't a problem. It becomes a vicious cycle.

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