Phobias

A phobia is a constant, extreme or irrational fear of an animal, object, place or situation that would not normally worry the majority of people.

A phobia is an overwhelming need to avoid any contact with the specific cause of the anxiety or fear. Coming into contact, or even the thought of coming into contact with the cause of the phobia, makes you anxious or panic.

If it is unlikely that you will come into contact with the object of your phobia (for example, snakes), it will not tend to affect your everyday life too much. However, phobias such as agoraphobia and social phobia can make it very hard to lead a normal life.