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A specific phobia is an anxiety or fear linked to a specific situation or trigger. Phobias are excessive, irrational, persistent fears that can interfere with the way people live their lives.
Most people have some form of phobia or fear, for example spiders, snakes, flying or heights. Although people can often either manage their fears or avoid the situations that trigger them, for others 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 causing an unhealthy diet
When exposed to the trigger you might experience symptoms including:
rapid heart rate
shortness of breath
feelings of being overwhelmed/out of control
The Steps to Wellbeing Service provides therapies that have been shown to be effective in treating phobias and reducing the impact they have on an individual's life.