Dr. Siddhartha Sankar Dash

Fears and phobias

A phobia is an intense fear reaction to a particular thing or a situation. With a phobia, the fear is out of proportion to the potential danger.

Is there a difference between a fear and a phobia?

Fear is a natural emotion that protects people from harm when they face real and imminent danger. A phobia is an excessive fear or anxiety related to specific objects or situations that are out of proportion to the actual danger they present.

There are many things people are fearful of, but here are the ten most common phobias: