Phobias are common mental disorders in America. People who have a phobia have an irrational fear of a situation, object, animal or activity. While it is normal to be fearful at times, a phobia is a severe condition that can impair a person’s daily functioning.
To cope with their symptoms, a person with this condition may abuse drugs or alcohol. However, substance abuse can worsen symptoms. If you or a loved one have a phobia, you are not alone.
Assessing Your Risk of Phobias
If you suspect that you have a phobia, you can take a self-assessment to see if your thoughts and feelings match the symptoms of phobias. However, a quiz is not an official diagnosis of a phobic disorder. Once you complete a self-assessment, discuss the results with a doctor or mental health counselor.