2. Triple Whammy—HIV, Mental Disorders, African Americans
Other Anxiety Disorders [NIMH Anxiety Booklet, 2012]
Phobias—the excessive, persistent fear of a specific object, situation, or activity—can cause some individuals to take great measures to avoid what they fear. There are 3 types of phobias:
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessions are recurrent, distressing, and irrational thoughts that cause great anxiety. Common obsessions include preoccupations with dirt or germs, nagging doubts, and a need to have things in a specific order. In an effort to control their obsessions, many people with OCD engage in repeated behavior or compulsions—e.g., repeated hand washing, constant rechecking to satisfy doubts, and following rigid rules of order.