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If your teenager is suffering from a phobia, you know that they are controlled by that fear and there is nothing that you can do to convince your teen that they are not in danger. The phobia may already be causing so much stress for your teen and for other family members who have tried to help or maybe there’s a sibling or parent that thinks this is ridiculous and doesn’t understand what the problem is in the first place.
Well, phobias are real. A phobia is defined as an extreme or irrational fear of something. A phobia is induced when your teen perceives a threat. That perceived threat could be anything, which is why we have names for so many different phobias. Some common phobias are claustrophobia (fear of small spaces), agoraphobia (fear of open or crowded spaces), arachnophobia (fear of spiders), acrophobia (fear of heights or flying), germophobia (fear of germs), acrophobia (fear of flying), asraphobia (fear of thunder or lightening). Did you know that there is a condition called sidonglobophobia? Yep..its a fear of cotton balls or plastic foams! It is interesting to google the many different types of phobias. You will be surprised at how many there are. We have seen most of the different types of phobias in our office over the 125 years of combined experience our doctors have in treating phobias.
The more interesting thing that many parents do not know, is that phobias are a completely treatable condition. Our clinicians use well-established components of cognitive-behavioral therapy and graduated exposure. Your teen is in control of the treatment process and his/her anxiety and fear reduces slowing to the point of being almost nonexistent. Teens are often surprised that with a little bit of work and guidance from an expert in the field, their phobia becomes well-managed in a relatively short amount of time. Truly, your teen does not need to live with a phobia. There are proven treatment methods that work and we will help.