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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 secondsTINEKE OLDEHINKEL: Not every fear is a phobia. If you have a phobia, your fear is much bigger than is logical given the danger of the situation. When people with a phobia are faced with the thing they are afraid of, they can be so anxious that they start trembling or sweating, get dizzy or nauseous, or even get a panic attack. That is a terrible feeling, and that is why they will try to prevent it from happening again. People with a phobia often go to great lengths to avoid the situation they are afraid of, even if it causes a lot of trouble or they have to give up a lot for that.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsThe former football player Dennis Bergkamp was so afraid of flying that he decided never to fly again at a certain point in time. Because he did not want to fly anymore, he often had to travel for very long times and missed important international matches. Sometimes people with a phobia not only avoid the thing, the animal, or the situation they are afraid of itself, but also a movie, picture, or even the thought of it.

When do you have a phobia?

You have just read about what kind of phobias you could suffer from. In this video, Tineke Oldehinkel explains when you can really say that you have a phobia. For instance, do you already have a phobia if you get a bit queasy in your stomach when you think something is exciting?

Please share if you have a certain phobia, and if so which one?

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Young People and Their Mental Health

University of Groningen

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