If you are terrified of turtles, you have chelonaphobia. Photo: Alamy

Scared of turtles? Petrified of pigeons? How phobias happen, and what you can do if you have an irrational fear

  • A phobia is an irrational fear of something. It can be common, such as flying or dark spaces, or more obscure such as a fear of turtles
  • Various behavioural and cognitive therapies can help reduce the anxiety
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If you are terrified of turtles, you have chelonaphobia. Photo: Alamy
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