Fears and Phobias

Fears and Phobias:

Terrified of the creepy-crawlies? Scared of slithering serpents? Well, you’re not alone. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, phobias affect approximately 10% of adults. There are a number of explanations for why phobias develop, including evolutionary and behavioral theories. Whatever the cause, phobias are a treatable condition that can be overcome with different alternative therapy techniques.

Ten of the Most Common Phobias:

What do people fear most? The following phobias are ten of the most common fear-objects that lead to symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, and breathlessness. In some cases, these symptoms escalate into a full-blown panic attack. These common phobias typically involve the environment, animals, or specific situations.

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

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

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

4. The fear of situations in which escape is difficult. [Agoraphobia]:
  • 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. The fear of dogs. [Cynophobia]:
  • This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood.

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

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

8. The fear of social situations. [Social Phobias]:
  • 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. The fear of flying. [Pteromerhanophobia]:
  • Often treated by psychologist using exposure therapy, in which the client is gradually and progressively introduced to flying. (Dan's Comment: very slow and not very effective)

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


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