Phobias / Fears
has a phobia, they often want to know where phobias come from, how
they differ from a fear, and what they can do to get treatment for
If your have a
fear or phobia that's not included on this page, rest assured that
most phobias have a great deal in common
What is a 'fear'?
A fear is what we feel when we are in the presence of a real
dangerů it is the feeling associated with our body preparing
itself to either fight the source of the danger, or escape from it.
What is a phobia?
A phobia is a similar, often extremely intense feeling of fear,
which is caused this time, by a situation or object with doesn't
actually pose any real threat to our safety.
Common with many
phobias, is the feeling of loss of control in the given situation,
this brings stress and anxiety, and often full scale panic.
Often, the person
will avoid the situation or object which brings these feelings, and
when they avoid it, (and subsequently don't get these feelings of
anxiety), this only serves to re-enforce the link between the object
or situation, and the fear.
Phobias are often
caused by an intense feeling of terror being experienced by a child,
becoming detached from the stimulus of that terror, and becoming
free to attach itself to another (innocuous) object or situation.
Once the fear
becomes attached to this secondary object, a link is established
which will subsequently cause the fear to be felt when the (new)
stimulus is present.
(insects, spiders, rats, snakes, mice etc)
(thunderstorms, darkness, heights etc)
- Injury (blood,
needles, dental procedures, surgery etc)
(driving, enclosed spaces, lifts etc)
- Other (germs,
There are two main
- Social Phobia
(The fear of social situations and being judged)
(The fear of open spaces)
Phobia / Fear List