Although phobias may seem silly to others, they can be devastating to the people who have them, causing problems that affect many aspects of life.
Feb. 08, 2014
- Social isolation. Avoiding places and things you fear can cause academic, professional and relationship problems. Children with these disorders are at risk of academic problems and loneliness, and they may not develop good social skills.
- Depression. Many people with phobias have depression as well as other anxiety disorders.
- Substance abuse. The stress of living with a severe phobia may lead to substance abuse.
- Suicide. Some individuals with specific phobias may be at risk of suicide.
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