Phobias are more than simple fears. They become an issue when an individual starts to organise their life so as to avoid the things they are afraid of.
If you have a phobia, you will have an overwhelming need to avoid all contact with the source of your anxiety. Coming into contact, or even the thought of coming into contact, with the cause of your phobia will make you anxious and may cause you to panic.
If the phobia in question is a “simple” phobia then treatment will usually consist of controlled exposure to the trigger. However, if a phobia is complex that means that the phobia is connected to a particular circumstance or situation. Examples of complex phobia are agoraphobia (fear of open spaces or simply going out of the house) and social phobia (fear of meeting others in a social situation). Complex phobias generally respond well to psychotherapy although work on the issue may take a considerable period of time.