It’s almost Halloween, so we thought we’d ask you to write about something scary: your fears and phobias.
Though it is normal to feel fear and stress — and an invaluable survival tool — a phobia, according to The Times’s health guide, is a persistent and irrational fear of a particular type of object, animal, activity, or a situation that poses little to no actual danger. The guide goes on to give this description:
Specific phobias are a type of anxiety disorder in which exposure to the feared stimulus may provoke extreme anxiety or a panic attack. Specific phobias are among the most common of all psychiatric disorders, affecting up to 10 percent of the population.
Common phobias include the fear of:
- Blood, injections, and other medical procedures
- Certain animals (for instance, dogs or snakes)
- Enclosed spaces
- High places
- Insects or spiders
Students: Tell us about what you’re afraid of, and why. How do you deal with your fears? How do they affect your life? Are you the kind of person who enjoys horror stories and movies or scaring yourself in other ways? Why or why not?
Teachers: Here are 10 ways to teach with this feature.
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.
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Everyone knows that everyone is afraid of something. Everyone recognizes that phobias are not something to be ashamed of, and that everyone has at least one. But what exactly is a phobia? Simply put, it’s an anxiety disorder.
The exact definition of a phobia is a bit different though. A phobia is an anxiety disorder in which a person will experience a strong, irrational fear of a situation, object, or activity. Adults with fears usually realize they are being irrational, but children are the opposite. A phobia will produce a feeling of anxiety that will range anywhere from mild, to downright severe. People with mild symptoms don’t usually worry about it too much because it doesn’t interfere with their day to…show more content…
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