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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Kylie Knott

Kylie Knott

After many years with the Post, Kylie Knott found her calling on the culture and lifestyle desk. She writes about the environment, animal welfare, food and the arts.