Unlike Anxiety, which is triggered sometimes without any specific reason; Phobia is a type of anxiety disorder that causes an individual to experience extreme, intense and irrational fear about a situation, living creature, place, or object. Despite being aware of the fact that their phobia is irrational, they cannot control the fear reaction.
The phobias could be that of remaining in a closed space or room, travelling in a lift, or plane, phobia of appearing in front of a gathering for speech, presentation or simply going out in a crowded place. It could be phobia of creatures even a cockroach, or lizard or any reptile, etc. It could even be that of appearing for exam, etc. When the person comes across these threatening situations he/she experiences panic attacks, that include sweating, chest pains, extreme breathlessness.
A phobia becomes diagnosable when a person begins organizing their lives around avoiding the cause of their fear. People with phobias have an overpowering need to avoid anything that triggers their anxiety. So if you are experiencing such intense fears of some specific, social anxiety and find it difficult to deal with them; you definitely need help do not think it is natural or normal; meet us at Healing Minds; as the counselor will help you overcome your phobias.