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What is a phobia?

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A phobia is a extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something, if your phobia is affecting your everyday it's time to get support.

What are the symptoms of phobias?

  • Unsteadiness, dizziness and lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Increased heart rate or palpitations
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling or shaking
  • An upset stomach

What can cause a phobia?

A phobia may be:

  • Associated with a particular incident or trauma
  • A learned response that a person develops early in life for from a parent or sibling for example
  • A result of genetics – there’s evidence to suggest that some people are born with a tendency to be more anxious than others

What treatment is available for phobias?

Talking therapies such as counselling and cognitively behavioural therapy can help treat complex phobias. If your phobia is affecting your mental health, speak to your GP or self-refer today to get support.

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