In a phobia anxiety is manifested in a different way. The patient remains reasonably at ease until confronted with the phobic situation. He then experiences discomfort which may vary from mild apprehension to uncontrollable panic. The patient develops a fear of the particular situation which causes him his distress, and for this reason the condition is known as a phobia. Common phobias are heights, being away from home, being in crowds, or being in enclosed spaces such as lifts, toilets, or railway coaches. Knives, swords, and firearms often become the objects of phobias. In a similar way people may develop an irrational fear of certain animals such as mice, cats, moths, or snakes. The sufferer is always aware that his phobia is irrational. He knows quite well that there is nothing to be afraid of in going across the street, but this does nothing at all to relieve his sense of panic as he goes out the door. More and more he tends to stay indoors so that he soon becomes housebound, not venturing forth from one month to the next.
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