Social Phobia

Social phobia is diagnosed when people become excessively anxious and self-conscious in normal social situations. Individuals with this problem have intense, persistent fear of being watched and judged by others and of doing things that might embarrass them. A feared event can cause a person with this disorder to worry for days or weeks before it happens. Social phobia may become so debilitating that it interferes with all ordinary activities, and can make it hard for people to make and keep friends. Physical symptoms that often occur in social phobia include sweating, trembling, blushing, nausea, and problems with talking.



Specific Phobias

A specific phobia is an irrational, intense fear of something that does not put a person in real danger. Specific phobias can involve a fear of closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, dogs, and injuries involving blood, such as needle sticks. Even though adults with phobias realize that their phobic fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.
For More Information:

Adults:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/phobias.html

Adolescents:
http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/phobias.html