Many people have phobias, but it is really only when the phobia causes harm that it needs to be dealt with. For example, phobias can often develop secondary problems characterised by lowered self-esteem, depression and hopelessness. There appear to be five different causes or trigger points for phobias, one of which is a generalised anxiety disorder and can be managed through a self-care strategy. The articles below contain advice written by specialists in plain English to help manage, treat and even cure phobias.