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Phobic Disorders

Behavioral Health located in Crystal Lake, Skokie, Hinsdale, Wheaton and Chicago, IL

Phobic Disorders

About Phobic Disorders

An extreme fear of people, objects, or situations could mean you have phobic disorders. At DuPage Psychiatric Care PLLC in Oak Park, Skokie, Hinsdale, and Wheaton, Illinois, the exceptional behavioral health team offers highly effective treatments that help you overcome severe symptoms associated with phobias. Schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation at DuPage Psychiatric Care PLLC by phone or request one online today.

Phobic Disorders Q&A

What are phobic disorders?

Phobic disorders are mental health conditions characterized by irrational, uncontrollable, lasting fear of activities, situations, people, animals, or objects. Phobias are more than simply disliking something. 

You might go to extreme lengths to avoid things you fear, even if there is no real danger. Panic attacks are common reactions to phobias, which can dramatically diminish your quality of life when not treated. 

Who is at risk of phobic disorders?

About 19 million people in the United States have at least one phobia. The phobias may appear early in childhood, but many people first notice them between ages 15 and 20. Men and women equally struggle with phobic disorders. 

What common types of phobias?

Common phobias (things that cause extreme fear) include:

  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Other animals
  • Social situations
  • Heights
  • Public places
  • Closed-in spaces
  • Elevators
  • Tunnels
  • Highway driving
  • Flying
  • Water
  • Bridges
  • Blood
  • Being home alone
  • Being in a large crowd

The intense fear you might experience because of phobic disorders can last for several minutes. Symptoms of panic attacks include intense fear, a racing heartbeat, trembling, sweating, shortness of breath, and a strong desire to leave the situation you’re in. 

Phobias may result from past trauma, genetics, or combinations of factors, though the exact cause isn’t entirely clear.

How does my therapist diagnose phobic disorders?

To diagnose phobic disorders, your DuPage Psychiatric Care PLLC provider completes a mental health evaluation. They ask about your fears, symptoms, lifestyle, and desired outcome. GeneSight® testing available at the practice determines which medications are likely the most effective based on your genes. 

How are phobic disorders treated?

Treating phobic disorders at DuPage Psychiatric Care PLLC often consists of exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or other forms of psychotherapy. You might meet with a therapist weekly for an hour or as needed, take medications, and make lifestyle changes. 

If you struggle with depression because of phobic disorders, DuPage Psychiatric Care PLLC offers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), intravenous (IV) ketamine therapy, and Spravato® nasal spray.

Schedule an in-person or telehealth evaluation at DuPage Psychiatric Care PLLC by phone or request one online today to find relief from phobic disorders.