You might have a mild phobia or a severe phobia - follow these steps first to find the best help for you:
1. Talk to a friend or family member. Talking to someone you trust takes away some of the shame or fear you feel about your phobia. You might find that your friend has a similar phobia and that it's quite common. Or you may find that one or more of your relatives have the same phobia and this may give you a clue as to why you have the phobia.
2. Seek out a local support group or counselling service. Look through your local phone directory or see our directory for help.
You can also get a referral from your GP to a local counsellor or psychotherapist but there is usually a long waiting list.
3. See your GP and ask for a referral to a phobia specialist or a counsellor. Some GPs might want to prescribe you anti-depressants or anti-anxiety drugs but this should be a last resort.
If the phobia is seriously affecting your life, for example you can't leave the house, then discuss the drug options with your GP as well as suitable therapy.
4. Tell someone. If the phobia causes extreme anxiety such as panic attacks, lack of sleep, confusion and a fear of leaving the house, speaking to other people and not taking care of yourself, then you need to gain the strength to tell someone about how you feel.
You don't have to ask for help and you don't have to give up your phobia straight away but you'll feel much better just sharing with someone.
If you're scared to talk to someone about your phobias and anxieties read our guide to anxiety