Phobias are the most common type of anxiety. A phobia is an intense, overwhelming and often debilitating fear that may centre around: An object, such as a needle A place, for example a dentist surgery A situation, like flying, heights or being in crowded spaces A feeling like nausea, or a certain smell An animal, including dogs, spiders or snakes Coming into contact with or even just thinking about any of the above can be extremely distressing for a person suffering from a phobia. The symptoms include many of those associated with panic attacks and can lead those who suffer into restricting day-to-day life. Those with a phobia may reorganise their whole life to avoid the distress. At The Eaves, we can offer specialist therapies such as CBT which can help you learn the roots causes of your phobia. We provide you a safe place to learn new skills and coping mechanisms so you can learn to manage your responses and ultimately take back control of your life.
A phobia, by definition, is an extreme, irrational fear of something that may cause a person to panic.
Phobias are among the most common of all mental illnesses, and they are usually the most successfully treated. Phobias are divided into categories according to the cause of the reaction and avoidance.
Common examples of simple phobias include: animal phobias – such as dogs, spiders, snakes or rodents. Environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs. Also, situational phobias – such as visiting the dentist or flying.