There are actually three general types of phobias: the specific phobias, social phobia, and Agoraphobia.

Among the three, specific phobia is indeed the biggest class type.

It normally includes animal phobias, natural environment phobias, situational phobias, blood-injection-injury phobias, and other phobias.

From the five types of specific phobias, situational phobias are the ones that are quite more common nowadays in our modern society.

Basically, situational phobias are considered fears triggered by a specific situation. They oftentimes include:

  • Fear of enclosed spaces or claustrophobia
  • Fear of flying
  • Fear of tunnels
  • Fear of bridges
  • Fear of home surroundings or eicophobia/oikophobia
  • Fear of cars or motorphobia
  • Fear of dentists
  • Fear of driving

When To Seek Help

In real sense, although phobias like situational phobias are very common in today’s time, they still actually rarely cause considerable distress or any delay on your everyday activities. However, if you have a more serious phobia, it may in way indeed impact your day-to-day functioning, from your relationships to your occupational functioning.

Just like for an instance, if you have fear of enclosed places or claustrophobia, instead of accepting a very good job offer, you might just turn it down because you have to ride the elevator (an enclosed space) to finally get to the office. In an instance like this, when avoidance of the object or situation you are afraid of already interferes with your normal functioning or keeps you from doing things you actually have to do, then maybe it is finally time to seek medical help.

Oftentimes, we just ignore our fears not knowing that they will just cause much if not prevented or eliminated as early as possible.

Possible Treatments

According to some studies, the most effective form of therapy for the treatment of specific phobias like situational phobias is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) called systematic desensitization or exposure therapy.

Normally, in desensitization or exposure therapy, you will be exposed in a safe and controlled way to the object or situation that you are afraid of. Essentially, the most commonly used exposure therapy would involve gradatory encounters with the concerned object, at first only through your imagination and then eventually already in real sense.

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2 Comments to Situational Phobias

  1. Diamond Smith

    i have been having situational phobia for 2 years now 2010 and 2011 but it started in the late 2010 like around june.

    But now in 2011 it is getting worst. Because t my school we went to a field trip to the Federal Bank and at the bank their is a flight of stairs to the 3rd floor and i waled up those stairs i felled like i was going to heart attack.

    And also if i am really scared of heights how will i go to heaven if heaven is way up in the sky now that is my biggest fear.

    And finally i always get scared walking over bridges i had to walk over this long bridge like a pedestrian bridge with cars and when i walked on there it felt like it was in the end of the world for me.

    Please reply back im begging you

  2. Zach

    Dear Diamond,

    I’m not a psychologist, but I have some words that may help. Phobias are something that affect a lot of people, especially situational phobia. I don’t know a cure for it, but I do know words of encouragement.

    You mentioned heaven, so I think it’s safe to assume you believe in God. You don’t have to worry anything about heaven.

    Remember that when it’s your time to go, and you get there, all your fears, your pain, your sorrow will be washed away and replaced with nothing but God’s love and love for Him.

    Though the fear might hold you back from things on Earth, don’t ever be afraid of God’s gift of eternal life. Heaven is the safest place you could be, and God, by his power and grace, will remove that fear from your heart.

    For now, keep in mind that He will also help you to get past this fear while you’re here. I would recommend seeing a psychologist about it, since they know best, but also always know that God will help you overcome your fear.

    Trust in Him and there’s nothing you can’t do.
    Philippians 4:13 says “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” And that means ALL things. You can do it! :)

    I really hope this helps, even though it’s not really psychology-based lol. Good luck, and God bless :)

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