A teenage girl is sitting in the dark upset as she looks down at her phone with her head resting against her hand.

A phobia is an intense fear of an object, a living creature, a situation or place. Phobias are common and can vary in terms of how they affect a person.

Some people with phobias may avoid any situation that brings them into contact with what they fear. This can be very distressing as it can stop the person from enjoying their life. Some people might be able to deal with encountering their fears despite experiencing high levels of distress but these feelings of anxiety and fear can still be unpleasant

Some people might find it frightening to even think about what they fear, which can affect their everyday lives. 

If you have a phobia, don’t be afraid to ask for support. There are things you can do to overcome your fear. 

Talking about your feelings with a parent, carer or good friend  can help you process your fears and feel supported. If you’d prefer, you can also contact Childline, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

More information and support

HSE Website:  https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/mental-health/phobias/phobias-symptoms.html


If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm or if you need help right away, call 999 or 112

There are also specific support lines that you can call:

Samaritans Ireland – 116 123

Pieta House – 1800 247 247


Childline can also be contacted by any child or young person by calling 1800 66 66 66, texting to 50101 or chatting online at Childline.ie 24 hours a day, every day.

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