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10 Common Phobias

A person can pretty much develop a phobia to anything.  A phobia is an unnatural fear of something.  A phobia will cause intense anxiety when a person is exposed to the object of the fear, often leading to avoidant behavior.  Sometimes anxiety will be severe even if only thinking of the feared object.  Common treatment approaches would be psychotherapy, specifically CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which allows for exposure to the object in a controlled environment.  Medications, such as anti-anxiety drugs, and antidepressants can also be utlilized to treat phobias.

These are some common phobias...

1. Arachnophobia:
•The fear of spiders.
•This phobia tends to affect women more than men.

2. Ophidiophobia:
•The fear of snakes.
•Often attributed to evolutionary causes, personal experiences, or cultural influences.

3. Acrophobia:
•The fear of heights.
•This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places.

4. Agoraphobia:
•The fear of situations in which escape is difficult.
•This may include crowded areas, open spaces, or situations that are likely to trigger a panic attack. People will begin avoiding these trigger events, sometimes to the point that they cease leaving their home.
•Approximately one third of people with panic disorder develop agoraphobia.

5. Cynophobia:
•The fear of dogs.
•This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.

6. Astraphobia:
•The fear of thunder and lightening.
•Also known as Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, or Ceraunophobia.

7. Trypanophobia:
•The fear of injections.
•Like many phobias, this fear often goes untreated because people avoid the triggering object and situation.

8. Social Phobias:
•The fear of social situations.
•In many cases, these phobias can become so severe that people avoid events, places, and people that are likely to trigger an anxiety attack.

9. Pteromerhanophobia:
•The fear of flying.
•Often treated using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying.

10. Mysophobia:
•The fear of germs or dirt.
•May be related to obsessive-compulsive disorder.

A couple other phobias we see on the Anxiety Forum quite a bit is Emetophobia, which is fear of vomiting.  We also see HIV Phobias and the fear of being homosexual (sometimes unofficially termed as "HOCD").

We're here to help, if you have a phobia, please share and we'll see if we can't come up with an approach allowing you to face your fears!
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