in the DSM-lll. a set of disorders wherein the vital element is a continual, non-sensical fear of and consequent abstinence from particular items, acts, or scenarios. The fear is known as illogical, but is regardless, so serious that it impedes upon daily operations and is frequently a substantial source of distress. Phobic disorders are inclusive of agoraphobia, particular phobias, and social phobia.
PHOBIC DISORDERS: "Phobic disorders generally worsen over time and require some extent of therapy in order to manage severe forms."