A phobia is an overwhelming and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal. Phobias are more pronounced than fears. They develop when a person has an exaggerated or unrealistic sense of danger about a situation or object.
If a phobia becomes very severe, a person may organise their life around avoiding the thing that's causing them anxiety. As well as restricting their day-to-day life, it can also cause a lot of distress. A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. You may not experience any symptoms until you come into contact with the source of your phobia. However, in some cases, even thinking about the source of a phobia can make a person feel anxious or panicky.
Symptoms may include:
- unsteadiness, dizziness and light-headedness
- increased heart rate or palpitations
- shortness of breath
- trembling or shaking
- an upset stomach
If you don't come into contact with the source of your phobia very often, it may not affect your everyday life. However, if you have a complex phobia such as agoraphobia then leading a normal life may be very difficult.
NECS can offer therapy to help you with your phobias. We provide phobia therapy at £40 per 50-minute session from our premises in central Gateshead. Give us a call to arrange an appointment.