When should I get help?

It can be difficult to know when to seek treatment. If avoidance of the object, activity or situation that triggers your phobia does interfere with your everyday life, or keeps you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy, it is time to seek help. Consider getting treatment for your phobia if:

  • It causes intense and disabling fear, anxiety, or panic
  • You recognise that your fear is excessive and unreasonable
  • You avoid certain situations and places because of your phobia
  • Your avoidance interferes with your normal routine or causes significant distress
  • It stops you getting support for other health problems, for example by using the phone or seeing the doctor
  • You have had the phobia for at least six months
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