Anxiety & Trauma Lab
At The University of La Verne

Anxiety & Related Disorders

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Specific Phobia

​Specific phobias are defined as marked fear or anxiety that is specific to an object or situation.  Someone experiencing difficulty with a phobia may seek to actively avoid situations that will lead to them encountering the source of their anxiety and this avoidance can lead to social and occupational issues.  People with phobias experience fear an anxiety that are out of proportion to the actual danger posed by the object/situation they fear and this fear and avoidance causes significant impairment in their lives. Examples of specific phobias include arachnophobia (fear of spiders), agorophobia (fear of situations that might elicit fear, panic, or embarassment) and acrophobia (fear of heights).

​Social Anxiety

​People suffering from social anxiety feel fear or anxiety in social situations that may lead to the individual being scrutinized by others.  Social anxiety can be present in both children and adults and can present in a multitude of ways such as avoidence (staying home) as well as selective mutism in children.  Many people experience this anxiety when speaking or performing publicly and can therefore tend to avoid situations that would lead to this.
Panic Disorder

Panic disorder is defined by the experience of having recurrent panic attacks.  People experience panic attacks in different ways but may time the symptoms of panic attacks include, accelerated heart rate, sweating, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, and shaking.  Panic attacks can be terrifying for the person experiencing them as people often feel that their life is in danger and may seek medical interventions if they do not recognize the symptoms.  The symptoms of a panic attack are quite distrssing and often lead to people avoiding situations that they fear might elicit a panic attack.

Empirically-Supported Treatment Options


Exposure & Response Prevention


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