Phobias are an irrational fear, which can become debilitating and severely limit a person's lifestyle. They are not uncommon and can affect anyone of any age. There is an A-Z of phobias and some are more common than others, for example Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, is quite common, whereas Turophobia, the fear of cheese, is fairly rare (in my experience). The person experiencing a phobia often develops avoidance behaviour, but not facing the fear makes the situation worse and it can escalate into a fear of feeling fearful! Phobias can be treated, with a combination of psychological approaches, such as Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy and Desensitisation, with Hypnosis. Phobias can result in exhaustion, due to continued fear and anxiety and depression because the situation can feel so hopeless. BUT, that need not be the case. Don't suffer when you don't have to!