Types of Phobia
A phobia (from the Greek “phobos”, meaning “fear”) can be defined as an exaggerated and persistent fear of a situation, object, or activity. The major symptom is the abnormal desire to avoid the feared subject.
Phobias are one of the most common anxiety disorders. Between 5% and 22% of Americans suffer from types of phobias and fears, according to a study by the US’ National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). These figures are unlikely to vary significantly in other Western countries or cultures.
List of phobias
Think your phobia is unusual? Never heard of anyone else with the same issue? There are hundreds of different phobias and they all have a name, so perhaps your phobia is not as unheard of as you thought.
Common phobias include:
- Acrophobia – fear of heights, which can include a fear of flying
- Arachnophobia – fear of spiders
- Claustrophobia – fear of enclosed spaces or of being trapped
- Mysophobia – fear of germs or dirt, which may be associated with an OCD disorder
- Social phobias
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