Approximately 8% of the UK suffers with a phobia. The stress of a phobia can cause a number of difficulties and overcoming one takes a lot of courage.

There are more than 200 types of phobia, ranging from the phobia of clowns to the phobia of fear itself. According to Anxiety UK these are the 10 most common phobias in the U.K:

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Melissa Conlon-Flynn has had aerophobia (the fear of flying) for more than 15 years. Simply the thought of getting on a flight can cause her to have extreme anxiety attacks.

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Karen Dinmore, counsellor and psychotherapist

“If you have a panic attack at just the thought of being in a certain situation, that could be a sign of a phobia”
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As well as being an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist, Karen Dinmore has spent 10 years working alongside Virgin Atlantic. She wants to help people overcome their fear of flying – so that it doesn’t impact on their long-term mental health.


The NHS list the main symptoms of a phobia, which include:

Unsteadiness or dizziness



Increased heart rate and palpitations

Shortness of breath

Trembling or shaking

An upset stomach

Leaving a phobia untreated can not only affect your own health but, as Melissa knows only too well, it can also affect your personal relationships.


Breathing techniques are a good way to manage your anxiety and reduce panic attacks. They can be done anywhere, in almost any situation, and they only take a few minutes.

There are a number of ways to combat your phobia:

If you suffer from a phobia you should arrange to see a Doctor, who will be able to refer you to a counsellor for further treatment. There are also a number of online treatments available.

The most important thing to remember if you suffer from a phobia – no matter how extreme it might be – is that it is more common than you think and the condition is treatable.