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Phobias are a common type of anxiety. Having a phobia means that you have an intense fear of a specific situation (such as heights or flying) or an object (such as spiders or blood).

Phobias are irrational, persistent, excessive, and can significantly affect your daily life.

Symptoms can include:

  • Almost immediately feeling very fearful and anxious about a particular situation or object.
  • Your fear is out of proportion to the actual danger.
  • You avoid the situation or object you have a phobia of.

Your phobia might stop from doing some activities that you enjoy or are important to you.

Get support for phobias

If you would like to know more about phobias and how our talking therapies can help you overcome your phobias, please see the booklet and video on this page.