Definition of 'phobia'
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Has my son got a phobia about school? Times, Sunday Times (2007)School phobia is intense anxiety and fear of going to school. You and Your Adolescent: A Parents' Guide for Ages 10 to 20 (1990)How tragic that these dark and largely irrational phobias have resurfaced. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It is often linked to excessive shyness or a social phobia. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Practical preparations help conquer vague fears and my leaflet about fears and phobias will help. The Sun (2009)Experts say this explains why anxiety and phobias can run in families. The Sun (2014)Let me tell you about my phobia of fat. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Other top ten phobias include a fear of clowns and of dying. The Sun (2011)It has left me with a lifelong phobia about necklaces. Times, Sunday Times (2011)My free leaflet explains how to resolve fears and phobias. The Sun (2008)But a growing number accept school phobia as a valid reason to keep their little ones out of the classroom. The Sun (2013)If you have a genuine phobia of school, they can arrange help. The Sun (2007)Or see a shrink: you might have some kind of phobia or anxiety problem. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Those with social phobia have a profound and enduring fear of negative evaluation in social situations where they panic that they will shame themselves. Times, Sunday Times (2013)A phobia is an irrational fear such as a fear of flying or snakes or heights. Self-Hypnosis (1994)What is your biggest phobia? The Sun (2013)Take social phobia, for example. The Sun (2010)Then, last year, commitment phobia in men took an interesting turn. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But he insisted: 'Our irrational phobias could become a thing of the past. The Sun (2010)When he had done this it became clear that much of the misery in his life came down to one phobia, a typical social phobia. Banish Anxiety - how to stop worrying and take charge of your life (1991)For all the anxious women fighting a commitment phobia, be it part of our nature or nurtured, there are some who simply accept it and enjoy. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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