All phobias can limit your daily activities and may cause severe anxiety and depression. Complex phobias, such as agoraphobia and social phobia, are more likely to cause these symptoms.


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
Next review due: 26/10/2021