Each phobia is different and no single self-help programme will work for everyone. You may decide to use your own self-help strategy or get help from a mental health specialist, such as a psychologist.


A phobia is an extreme fear of something or a situation.


Common symptoms of a phobia are anxiety and panic when you come into contact with the cause of your phobia.


Treatments for phobias include talking therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy, and sometimes medicines.

Page last reviewed: 26/10/2018
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