A phobia is more than a simple fear. It develops when a person begins to organise their life around avoiding the thing they are afraid of, whether it’s an animal, object, place or situation.

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. If you have a phobia, you will have an overwhelming need to avoid all contact with the source of your anxiety. Coming into contact with the cause of your phobia, or even the thought of this, can make you anxious and may cause you to panic.

We provide talking therapies to help people with phobias in our Primary Care and Wellbeing Services at Health In Mind, East Sussex and Brighton and Hove Wellbeing Service.