The difference between a normal fear of something and a phobia is the level of anxiety involved.
Children with phobias demonstrate a significantly higher level of anxiety, dread and terror when they come into contact with the object of their phobia.
Phobias can create such intense feelings of fear that they can disrupt the child’s daily life and routine. The feelings go beyond everyday fear and will not subside with reassurance from parents or carers.
Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder which activates the flight or fight response within us. this can often create feelings that are out of proportion to the reality of the situation.