Experiencing a phobia can have a huge impact on your day-to-day life, self-esteem and relationships, especially if you feel consumed by having to avoid the feared subject.
It can be difficult to know when to seek treatment for a phobia. 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 may be time to seek help.
Even if you have experienced a phobia for a long time, the good news is, it is treatable. The most evidence-based treatment being cognitive behavioural therapy. CBT for a specific phobia will involve noticing and understanding the thinking and behaviour that maintains the anxiety. Once this is well understood by you and your therapist, therapy progresses into testing out potentially helpful new thinking and behaviour. This will involve gradual steps towards the feared object or situation, always at your own pace and in a manner that ultimately reduces anxiety.