A phobia is a fear or anxiety relating to a particular situation, object, event or feeling. These are known as triggers. You may react by going out of your way to avoid these triggers, as coming in to contact with them can cause anxiety and panic symptoms.

Phobias can occur due to several reasons. As we are growing up we may start to become anxious about something because of the way that those around us react. For example if a parent or sibling is anxious about going on buses, we may learn from this travelling on buses is scary and we then begin to avoid them. 

They can be linked to a particular incident or trauma in life. For example if someone is trapped in a lift they may fear going in lifts in later life.

How we can help with Phobias: