A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear or dread triggered by a particular object or circumstance, to the point where it severely restricts your life.
For many people, coming into contact, or even the thought of coming into contact, with the object or circumstance is enough to trigger panic. Furthermore, if you have a phobia, you will go to great lengths to avoid an object or situation that most people consider harmless.
Irrespective of how unusual or irrational the phobia may appear, there is no need to restrict your life as all phobias are treatable, and here at the Yorkshire Wellness Centre we have an enviable track record in treating phobias.
There is an infinite number of potential phobic objects and situations, which generally fall into one of the five following categories:
Fears related to animals (e.g. spiders, dogs, insects)
Fears related to the natural environment (e.g. heights, thunder, darkness)
Fears related to medical issues (e.g. injections, broken bones, falls)
Fears related to specific situations (e.g. flying, being in a lift, driving)
Other fears (e.g. choking, loud noises, drowning, buttons).