What is a phobia?
A phobia is a debilitating fear of an object, place, situation or animal. If you have a phobia, you likely experience a deep sense of panic whenever you encounter your fear.
If your phobia has become severe, you might find that you’ve started to organise your whole life around avoiding the situation or object that is causing your anxiety.
Different types of phobia
There are different types of phobias: simple phobias and complex phobias.
Some examples of simple phobias are:
- Animal phobias – such as rodents, dogs, spiders, birds and others
- Bodily phobias – such as blood, vomit or injections
- Environmental phobias – such as heights, deep water and germs
- Sexual phobias – such as performance anxiety or fear of sexually transmitted diseases
- Situational phobias – such as flying or going to the doctor
Some examples of complex phobias are:
- Agoraphobia – fear of open spaces, crowded places, travelling or public transport
- Social phobia – fear of social situations
Frequently asked questions
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is the most effective therapeutic approach for phobias. Medication is not usually recommended for phobias. However, if your anxiety is debilitating and interfering with your daily life, then we may recommend a review with our Consultant Psychiatrist to consider short-term medication.