After discharge from the hospital, the patient develops an intense fear of being alone. This is known as



• People with phobias develop anticipatory anxiety even when thinking about the possibility of encountering the dreaded object or situation. They engage in avoidance behavior that often severely limits their lives.

• A phobia is an illogical, intense, persistent fear of specific objects or social attention that causes extreme distress and interferes with normal functioning.

• Incorrect: Obsessions are recurrent, persistent, intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses that cause marked anxiety and interfere with interpersonal, social, or occupational function.

• Incorrect: Compulsions are ritualistic or repetitive behaviors or mental acts that a person carries out continuously in an attempt to neutralize anxiety.

• Incorrect: Somatization is defined as the transference of mental experiences and states into bodily symptoms.

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