...an overwhelming fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal...
...the most common type of anxiety disorder.
An estimated 10 million people in the UK experiencing a phobic response at one time or another.
Many people can control their fear and are able to learn to live with their phobia. However for some people these feelings of anxiety can grow, become more persistent and can begin to negatively affect day to day life.
Symptoms can vary in severity and as well of psychological symptoms such as being on edge, tearful, panicky, vigilant, obsessional, uneasy and seeking constant reassurance there are also many physical symptoms that are triggered and exasperated by periods of high anxiety. These can include palpitations, feeling dizzy, headaches, sweating, trembling, nausea, feeling faint, confusion shortness of breath and many more.
Phobias are usually categorised as specific or non-specific. A specific phobia can be experienced even when general anxiety levels are low and can be caused by specific life events. A non-specific phobia are usually a symptom of underlying anxiety and confidence issues.