Phobias develop when someone has an overwhelming and debilitating sense of danger of an object, place, situation or animal. Some of these fears may be unfounded.
It can cause a lot of stress and in severe cases can cause a person to organise their life around avoiding the thing that's causing them anxiety, as well as taking a toll on a person's health, well-being and overall way of life.
Phobias are actually a common Anxiety disorder. Dependant upon the severity of the phobia someone may experience phobic reactions only in the presence of the source of the phobia, whereas others may get a reaction purely by thinking of the source.
Symptoms of a phobic reaction may include the following:
Shortness of breath
How can counselling help me?
Counselling gives you the opportunity to discuss your phobia with the aim of overcoming or at least reducing it's impact by exploring a phobia's roots e.g it may be "learnt" from others, especially during childhood or it may be associated with deeper fears or past experiences.
Almost all phobias can be successfully treated and cured.