A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.
Common phobias might relate to specific things – like snakes, clowns, water, heights, the dentist or blood; but there are also more ‘complex’ phobias such as agoraphobia (the fear of open spaces or other environments).
It is estimated that around 10 million people in the UK have some sort of phobia.
Phobia symptoms might include:
Many people with a phobia do not need treatment and avoiding the object of their fear is enough to control the problem. However, sometimes it’s not possible to avoid certain phobias and therefore you may wish to get professional help and advice from our services.
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