When a child or teen is exposed to, or anticipates exposure to, a specific object or situation that leads to intense fear or anxiety, they often:
- Have an increased heart rate
- Tremble or shake
- Feel short of breath
- Feel like they are choking
- Have chest pain or discomfort
- Have an upset stomach
- Feel dizzy or faint
- Fear they are losing control or going crazy
- Fear dying
- Feel numb
- Have chills or hot flashes
Each child’s experience can be different
In panic attacks, at least four of the symptoms must happen with or without a known cause.
The symptoms of a phobia may look like other physical or mental health problems. Always consult your child's doctor for a diagnosis.