Phobia factsheet

Have you got a fear of something? Learn a bit more about it here.

Phobia factsheet

What is a phobia?

People with phobias usually experience an irrational fear of something that is quite harmless to them. Over the years, if a phobia is not dealt with, it can become a real obstacle to a person’s life, preventing them from going about their normal daily activities and sometimes, even leaving their home.

What are some of the typical symptoms?

Phobias are often characterised with people becoming very anxious when they are presented with the thing they are afraid of. In The Panic Room, we see that for some people, even just seeing an image of their phobia is enough to put their fear into overdrive. Symptoms often include:

  • Fast, pounding heartbeat

  • Difficulty catching your breath

  • Flushing and sweating

  • Feeling sick

  • Trembling

  • Dizziness

  • Dry mouth

  • Needing to go to the toilet

  • Feeling faint

What can I do about my phobia?

If you suffer from a phobia, one of the most important things you can do is to try and expose yourself to your fear and control your anxiety. You can read books or enlist the support of family and friends to help you get on your way.

If you feel you need to seek professional help, contact Anxiety UK who deal with anxiety disorders and will be able to put you in touch with the right people to help you. Different types of treatment could include counselling, relaxation or exposure therapy and medication or even hypnosis.