Phobias are characterised by feelings of intense fear or anxiety triggered by particular situations, places, animals or objects that is disproportionate to any realistic danger. These situations do not cause anxiety to everyone, although it is little help to sufferers in realising that others do not regard the situation as being threatening.
While a phobia may appear irrational or unusual to those that don’t have one, they are a type of anxiety disorder. This means that the anxious feelings associated with the phobia can be activated just by thinking or talking about the situation or object, which can be debilitating.
When receiving treatment for a phobia at Priory, visiting one of our nationwide hospitals or wellbeing centres across the country on an inpatient, day care or outpatient basis, gives you access to a tailored treatment plan for your phobia.
Using evidenced-based therapy techniques, you will learn to control your emotions relating to the disorder, and when you are ready, take part in ‘graded exposure’ to your fears, thereby reducing avoidance and life limiting behaviours associated with the condition.
This page was clinically reviewed by Dr Ed Burns (MBChB, MRCPsych, MSc) in June 2018, and is scheduled to be reviewed again in June 2020. To view all Priory phobia specialists, please click here.