Key Points About Phobias in Children
- A phobia is an excessive fear of an object or situation. It lasts for at least six months.
- Common phobias are a fear of animals, insects, blood, heights or flying.
- Some things that may put a child at risk for a phobia include shyness, a traumatic event in early childhood or mental health issues in family members.
- Symptoms include increased heart rate, sweating, shaking, a feeling of choking and upset stomach.
- A mental health provider can diagnose a phobia.
- Treatment may include therapy and medicines.
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