What is specific phobia?
A specific phobia is a fear of a particular object or place that poses little or no actual danger to the person and is viewed by them as ‘irrational’. Common specific phobias that we see in our service are fears of particular animals, fear of driving or flying and blood or injection phobias. People who have a phobia try to avoid the object or place that they are afraid of; if they encounter it they feel extremely anxious and panicky and want to escape.
What do we offer in our service to help with this?
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is the recommended treatment for specific phobia and we normally suggest that people attend our Fighting Fear group or have some sessions of guided self-help to help them overcome their fear.
You can find links to self-help leaflets and books on specific phobia on our Resources page.