Common Phobias

Are you afraid of the big waves? Does the moon make you quiver? Can’t stand trees? Are you just afraid of everything? Well, you might have a phobia.

Phobia is an intense and persistent fear or certain situations, activities, things or people. Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders. The study found that phobias were the most common mental illness among women in all age groups and the second most common illness among men older than 25. (source) Women tend to be twice as likely to suffer from a phobia compared to men. Alcoholics can be up to 10 times more likely to suffer from a phobia than those who are not alcoholics.

Phobias are largely under reported, probably because many phobia sufferers find ways to avoid the situations to which they are phobic. There are 435 known phobias. Below are just the common phobias.

acousticophobia – fear of noise
acrophobia or altophobia – fear of heights
aerophobia – fear of flying
agoraphobia – fear of open spaces
agyrophobia – fear of crossing the streets
aichmophobia – fear of needles or pointed objects
anthropophobia – fear of people or society
arachnophobia – fear of spiders
batophobia – fear of being closed to high buildings
batrachophobia – fear of amphibians like frogs, etc.
brontophobia – fear of thunder and lightning
claustrophobia – fear of closed-in spaces
climacophobia – fear of stairs, climbing
coulrophobia – fear of clowns
cynophobia – fear of dogs or rabies ( I think I have this, ehehe!)
demophobia – fear of crowds
dentophobia – fear of dentists
dromophobia – fear of crossing streets
entomophobia – fear of insects
gamophobia – fear of marriage
gerascophobia – fear of growing old
hemophobia – fear of blood
kymophobia – fear of waves
lachanophobia – fear of vegetables
lockiophobia – fear of childbirth
lygophobia – fear of darkness
monophobia – fear of solitude or being alone
musophobia – fear of mice
mysophobia – fear of germs
nosocomephobia – fear of hospitals
obesophobia – fear of gaining weight ( I think all women have this phobia)
ophidiophobia – fear of snakes
sciophobia sciaphobia – fear of shadows
selenophobia – fear of the moon
panaphobia – fear of everything

Symptoms of phobias often involve of having panic attack. If left untreated, it may worsen to a point in which a person’s life is seriously affected. If you have phobia, seek professional help.

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