Dr. Michael Heublum - MD

Phobias

At Balance and Dizziness Center, we treat your dizziness, balance disorders and your phobias. If you’d like to know more about your conditions and what they mean click below.

Agoraphobia

Agoraphobia (ag-uh-ruh-FOE-be-uh) is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.

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Claustrophobia

While a significant number of people experience a sustained fear of confined spaces, very few individuals seek treatment for the condition commonly known as claustrophobia. Unfortunately, an untreated case of claustrophobia can significantly reduce a person’s quality of life.

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Fear of Supermarkets

It’s hard to imagine that people are afraid of supermarkets, but about five percent of the population suffers from this horror. Yes, the stores that carry all the necessary items that it takes to run a home are danger zones for those who have agoraphobia.

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Fear of Crowds

Many people are familiar with the sensations: tightening of the chest, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, and sweaty hands. Usually, these feelings are in conjunction with situations we find most uncomfortable.

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Fear of Driving Over Bridges

The fear of driving over bridges is also referred to as gephyrophobia. Having an exaggerated or irrational fear of driving over or crossing a bridge can present some challenges in your daily life as you travel to where you need to go. It’s also not always practical to avoid all bridges.

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Fear of Driving on Highway

Freeway phobia is really a manifestation of agoraphobia. Exposure therapy means just what it sounds like it means. With the help of a therapist, you gradually increase your time on the freeway.

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Motion Sickness

On average, 1 in 3 people are susceptible to motion sickness. This can make it difficult to travel or experience some forms of entertainment. This page describes known symptoms, causes, methods of diagnosis, and treatments for the condition.

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Sea Sickness

Sea sickness is often triggered by motion. This condition can occur on a boat, plane, car, train, bus, amusement rides, and virtual reality experiences. A person can experience sea sickness from seeing the movement of things and people.

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