Many phobias are actually considered forms of anxiety.
Phobias are considered an anxiety disorder. A phobia is a strong, irrational fear of a specific object, situation, or place. Confronting or even thinking about the phobia triggers intense feelings of anxiety and panic. Some people experience full-blown panic attacks when confronted with their phobias. A phobia can significantly interfere with an individual’s life and wellbeing.
For example, a person with a fear of flying in an airplane might experience terrifying panic attacks whenever he steps foot in an airport. He avoids flying at all costs, even if it means missing out on a meaningful family vacation or an important business trip. His career, his personal relationships, and his social life all suffer as a result of his phobia. He knows his fear is irrational, yet he can’t control the overwhelming terror he feels when he tries to confront it.
Fortunately, people with phobias or other anxiety disorders can get relief by seeking professional medical treatment. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be especially beneficial for treating phobias and other forms of anxiety.