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Phobias

A phobia is an excessive or unreasonable fear of an object, place or situation that can significantly affect a person's life. Common phobias are fears of specific things such as spiders, being sick, flying.

Phobias can feel very intense and limit significant aspects of life and cause a sense of embarrassment. However, there are practical ways people can learn to manage and overcome these through self-help resources or professional support.

Agoraphobia is a fear of open spaces, being in places where one feels ‘trapped’ or unable to get help, such as in crowds, on a bus, or standing in a queue and leaving your house. A social phobia is an excessive fear of social or performance situations.

Phobias cause a number of reactions in response to the anxiety felt:

  • Physical symptoms for example feeling dizzy, faint or panic attacks.
  • Thoughts and feelings like ”I might make a fool of myself” and a sense of dread.
  • Behaviours for example avoiding lecture rooms, staying in your room, which can affect your academic and social life if it continues.

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Downloads

Self-help materials you can print, or download and save.

Resource Description
Phobias (Moodjuice) Self-help CBT based activities to work through.


Places to get help

Resource Description
No Panic Sheffield Runs a local CBT based self-help group which is popular with students and other members of the public for a variety of anxiety related disorders including phobias.
TopUK OCD and Phobia Charity National organisation which provides useful information including groups nationally (none in Sheffield) and advice on careers and books linked to Phobias and OCD.
IAPT Sheffield Offers cognitive behavioural therapy suitable for phobias. Self-referral for an IAPT assessment by a psychological wellbeing practitioner at your GP practice.


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