A phobia is a form of anxiety disorder that involves the ongoing, powerful fear of a situation, object, person, or animal. The fear is strong enough that it will cause you to go to great lengths to avoid it.
The difference between a normal fear and a phobia is that phobias are irrational. The fear that you experience about a phobia is not proportionate to the danger that is posed to you.
Some of the Most Common Phobias are:
- being alone
- public speaking
- being in closed spaces
It is possible to develop a phobia of just about anything. The majority of phobias find their roots in childhood, but it is possible for them to develop in adulthood, as well.
While this can be very uncomfortable, the main problem is that many people with phobias will take great lengths to avoid them, to the point that they will alter their lifestyles. Depending on the actions that are taken, this can cause more than an inconvenience. It can hold you back from living with emotional freedom within your own life.