ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic staff
Although phobias may seem silly to others, they can be devastating to the people who have them, causing problems that extend into and affect many aspects of life.
- Social isolation. People with socially isolating disorders, such as social phobia and agoraphobia, can experience a range of serious consequences. Many have academic, professional and relationship problems. Children with these disorders are at risk of academic difficulties and loneliness and often fail to develop basic social skills.
- Depression. Many of those with phobias have depression as well as other anxiety disorders.
- Substance abuse. The stress of living with a severe phobia often leads to substance abuse.
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