Such people often avoid social situations and become particularly uneasy when in the company of unknown people.
Fear of public scrutiny may cause the person to avoid people to the extent of not eating in restaurants or using public restrooms. People who have been shy or solitary as children or who have a history of unhappy or negative social experiences in childhood, seem more likely to develop this disorder.
Also, when parents are overcautious and exaggerate danger, children tend to become phobic.
Phobias are a little more prevalent in women and very subjective.
We call this imbalance in the nervous system "psychological sensitivity" which is influenced by life experiences and trauma, personality type, underlying mood, anxiety, or behavioral disorders, unhealthy activities and lifestyle choices, underlying medical problems and lack of support and poor coping skills and strategies.
People have had some fears since the beginning of the humanitiy.
This is the only phobia that is treated as a medical condition.
Causes of phobias Although the definite cause of phobias remains a mystery, these conditions are believed to be at least partly inherited and seem to run in the family.
It could be an object, an animal, a situation or an environment.
Such fears are persistent, intense, excessive and unrealistic, which is primarily why phobias are deemed irrational.