ANXIETY is the central bond in the chain that links Fears and Phobias.
Anxiety is the emotion which you feel when your body is preparing itself to respond to some form of perceived threat. Threat may come in many forms. If the source of anxiety is within you and your thought processes then these are Fears. If the ‘threat’ comes from a specific external object or a specific situation then these are Phobias .
Whatever prompts the emotion, the body’s response to these perceived threats uses more or less the same mechanism, differing only in its degree of intensity and the timescale in which it’s produced.