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Most people have fears but not strong enough ones to cause problems such as situational phobias that cause hands and feet to sweat and cause the heart to pound Situational phobia is defined as a marked persistent fear of a clearly discernable circumscribed object or situation This means fear will make people do almost anything to avoid a situation that includes one of their phobias for example one will travel a longer distance to avoid driving over a bridge Common situational phobias are small spaces flying driving and spiders What is the cause of situational phobias What will set off or calm a situational phobia Who is more likely to be at risk for this dilemma Today we will go over what causes it what one can do to calm an attack and the different ways to control or cure your situational phobia First we will look at the cause of situational phobia It has been accepted that situational phobia is a learned response to a fear even when no realistic danger exists Coons Mitterer 2013 p 211 In a trauma situation those involved will continue to be fearful of that particular situation so as to not relive the experience one will avoid it The amygdala in the brain is at fault for our fear for the reason that it works over time when we are involved in our situational phobia activities Someone can be fine while driving down the road and then all of a sudden a bridge comes into sight and then the panic starts When we add stress to our life a past trauma and the amygdala in our brain then we end up in a panic attack as soon as the situation presents itself It has been said anxiety is a disease of stress Hart 1999 p 3 Now that we know the cause of a situational phobia let us see what will set it off or calm it down
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