People who have phobias are extremely afraid of certain objects, people or situations. There is no reason for the person to be afraid but he or she is anyway. Phobias are a form of anxiety. Seeing or thinking of the cause of the fear can cause severe anxiety. It can also cause a panic attack.
The phobia is out of the person’sconscious control and could interfere in his /her ability to lead a typical life.

Common Phobias


Social phobia is also known as social anxiety disorder, and its main symptoms are:

For some children with phobias, the classroom can be a very scary place. A child with claustrophobia (fear of small spaces) may not like being in a classroom with the door closed. A child with agoraphobia may be scared of not being able to get out of the classroom in case of an emergency. A child with social phobia may be scared that the teacher will ask him or her to answer a question in class.

The most common and disabling symptom of a phobia is a panic attack. Features of a panic attack include:

Age of Onset

Mean age of onset was 24 years. Sixty-five percent of cases began in the 15–29 age group. Ninety-six percent first started before age 40 years.



Treatment for phobias can involve therapeutic techniques, medications, or a combination of both.

Risk Factors

If you have a phobia, it’s critical that you seek treatment. Overcoming phobias can be difficult, but there’s hope. With the right treatment, you can learn to manage your fears and lead a productive, fulfilling life.

We at Mumbai Psychiatry Clinics have a dedicated team of counsellors and clinical psychologists who will help you with your problems, cite interventions and assess the progress on regular intervals. There are experienced psychiatrists who will be guiding you throughout your journey and our Multidisciplinary team will try to assure you with the best help possible.

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