A phobia can be defined as, “A persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.”
A phobia and the feelings that accompany it can be so intense that even the thought of the feared object or situation can bring about severe distress or even a panic attack. As a result, normal everyday activities can be compromised and this often leads to feelings of hopelessness, embarrassment and failure.
In the UK alone, it is estimated that around 10 million people can be affected by a phobia(s) and it doesn’t matter if they are male or female, old or young. That is nearly 1/6 of the whole country (based on figures 2013). So if you are reading this and you have a phobia, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Many of us develop fears or phobias as children and we just grow out of them but for many, these fears never leave us and as we get older, they increase in their intensity.