Phobias are the most common type of anxiety disorder.
In the UK, an estimated 10 million people have phobias.
Phobias can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex and social background.
A phobia is usually an extreme or irrational fear of an animal, an object, a place, or a situation.
They develop when a person begins to organise their life around avoiding the things they are afraid of.
If you have a phobia, you will have an overwhelming need to avoid all contact with the source of your anxiety. Coming into contact, or even the thought of coming into contact with the cause of your phobia will make you anxious and may cause you to panic.
Phobias can be divided into three types: specific phobia, social phobia and agoraphobia. Although the symptoms of each type will vary, there are some symptoms common to all phobias. These include:
- Terror: A persistent and overwhelming fear of the object or situation
- Physical Symptoms: Dizziness, shaking, palpitations
- Obsessive Thoughts: Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Desire to Flee: An intense instinct to leave the situation
- Anticipatory Anxiety: Persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve the phobic object or situation
Treatment, Help & Support
If either yourself, a friend or a member of your family are affected by phobias, book your first appointment with us now to see how quickly we can start to help you back on the road to recovery.
We pride ourselves on providing high quality responsive and friendly services, delivered by fully qualified Clinical Psychologists who posess a wealth of experience.
We are usually able to see you for your first appointment within a few days of your request. Any subsequent sessions (if required) are agreed between yourself and your Psychologist, arranged at a frequency to optimise progress and to suit your own personal circumstances.
If you require any further information, please feel free to contact us.
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