Simple phobia is seen as a constant fear of specific objects or situations, such as spiders, or hospitals.
Factors that may keep the phobia going, typically include:
- Seeing the physical sensations as a threat.
- Behaviours such as avoiding situations, where the threat may occur or coping strategies such as taking things with you to ease the threat.
Psychological help typically involves facing your fears, reducing your focus on the threat and decreasing the behaviours you are using to cope. In this way you can develop a more realistic view of the threat.