Fears and Phobias

“My phobias have stopped me doing many things, I really regret not dealing with them earlier, I missed out on so much”

What is a phobia?

It involves a fear of one particular type of object or situation, for example flying, a type of animal or going to the dentist. You tend to avoid the situation altogether or else endure it with dread. The fear is of the situation itself, not of having a panic attack. If you avoid a situation primarily out of fear of having a panic attack, you are more likely to need to deal with agoraphobia. Yet panic can occur if you unexpectedly find yourself confronted with a specific phobic situation you’ve routinely avoided.

There are many specific phobias with some weird and wonderful names however, the more common ones are;

  • Performance anxiety
  • Fear of flying
  • Claustrophobia
  • Fear of disease
  • Dental phobias
  • Blood/injection phobia
  • Fear of vomiting
  • Fear of heights
  • Animal and insect phobias
  • Fear of death
  • Social anxiety