Find information on phobias, including symptoms, causes and how to access treatment and support. Get tips for helping yourself, plus guidance for friends and family.
There doesn't seem to be one particular cause of phobias. There are various factors that might contribute to developing a phobia. But there is not often a clear reason why it starts.
You might find it helpful to try to work out the causes for your own phobia. But you might equally feel that there is no simple explanation.
Some people avoid the object or situation that triggers their phobia. But this can make your fear worse over time. Being in a scenario involving your phobia can be very difficult though. You may need professional help to enable you to do this.
See our page on treatment for phobias for more information.
This information was published in February 2021. We will revise it in 2024.
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