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Specific Phobias

A specific phobia is an anxiety or fear linked to a specific situation or trigger.

They are excessive, irrational, but persistent, fears that can interfere with the way people live their lives.

Most people have some form of phobia or fear, for example flying, spiders, snakes or heights. However people are either able to manage them or avoid the situations that trigger them. For some other people the phobias can cause much more of a problem. For example:

• avoiding walking down the street because of a fear of dogs

• avoiding needles and injections even when ill

• avoiding certain types of food

When exposed to the trigger you might experience symptoms including:

• Rapid heart rate

• Churning stomach

• Dizziness

• Shortness of breath

• Sweating / trembling

• Nausea

• Feelings of being overwhelmed / out of control

• Confused thinking

The Steps to Wellbeing Service provides treatment that has been shown to be effective in treating phobias and reducing the impact they have on an individual’s life.

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