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A phobia is an overwhelming fear of an object, place, situation, feeling or animal.
Symptoms of phobias
All phobias, particularly complex phobias, such as agoraphobia and social phobia, can limit your daily activities and may cause severe anxiety and depression.
Causes of phobias
A phobia can develop during childhood, adolescence or early adulthood.
Diagnosing phobias
Simple phobias, such as a fear of heights, aren't usually formally diagnosed. Most people with a phobia tend to be fully aware of the problem.
Treating phobias
Many people with a phobia don't need treatment and avoiding the object of their fear is enough to control the problem.
Self-help advice for phobias
Each phobia is different and no single self-help programme will work for everyone. You may use your own self-help strategy or get help from a mental health specialist.
"Even the thought of going into my garden made me panic"
Claire Ledger was diagnosed with agoraphobia after she had a panic attack while shopping in her local high street.   
'Vomit makes me panic'
Most of us find vomit unpleasant, but even the mention of it makes Hilary Fraser panic.
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