Phobias

A phobia is an intense fear of something, accompanied by high anxiety and an urge to escape the situation.  Although they vary in terms of severity and complexity, most experts view phobias as relatively simple problems and they tend to respond particularly well to short-term psychological therapies.  There are hundreds of different Greek names for different types of phobia.

A phobia is an intense fear of something, accompanied by high anxiety and an urge to escape the situation. Although they vary in terms of severity and complexity, most experts view phobias as relatively simple problems and they tend to respond particularly well to short-term psychological therapies. There are hundreds of different Greek names for different types of phobia.

There are three main types of phobia:

  • Simple Specific phobias: E.G. fear of spiders, fear of flying
  • Social Phobias: E.G. fear of social incompetence or embarrassment
  • Agoraphobia:The fear of a difficult or embarrassing situation from which you cannot escape.

Some of the above can be linked and related to panic attacks or very acute anxiety.