The definition of phobia is the persistent fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes one to want to avoid it.
The three types of phobias are social phobia (fear of public speaking, meeting new people, or other social situations), agoraphobia (fear of being outside), and specific phobias (fear of other items or situations).
Although phobias often go underreported, the statistics for people who have phobias are thought to be more than 6 million people in the United States.
List of Top 10 Phobias
According to research from therapists below are the top ten phobias
1. Social phobia: Social anxiety disorder is fear of social interactions. It can make everyday activities challenging, stressful, and anxiety-provoking.
2. Claustrophobia: This is the fear of enclosed spaces. People have difficulty breathing or fear running out of oxygen. It is believed that about 5% of the population suffers from claustrophobia.
3. Zoophobia: An umbrella term that involves an extreme fear of certain animals. Arachnophobia means fear of spiders. Ornithophobia means fear of birds. Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes and apiphobia means the fear of bees. This fear is linked to an evolutionary response against these creatures, many of which are poisonous. Symptoms of this fear most often appear during childhood but can also develop in adulthood.
4. Brontophobia: Fear of thunder and thunderstorms. Such people know that thunder cannot harm them but are still worried about going out during a thunderstorm.
5. Acrophobia: This is a fear of heights. Acrophobia is believed to be partially ingrained, whether biologically or evolutionarily, as a survival mechanism. These people may develop attacks while climbing stairs and maybe terrified to move.
6. Blood, injury, and injection (BII) phobia: Injury phobias are generally phobias associated with fear of medical procedures. They may often be associated with fainting and hyperventilation. These include hemophobia (fear of blood) and trypanophobia (fear of receiving an injection). Odontophobia is the fear of visiting a dentist.
7. Aerophobia: This is the fear of flying. It can be passed down from parents if they are anxious flyers. It may be due to past experiences or even from watching media coverage of crashes.
8. Atychiphobia: This is a fear of failure. When this fear becomes debilitating and one is unable to progress in life, it is time to seek help from a professional.
9. Thanatophobia: This is a fear of death. As with atychiphobia, this fear is not shocking, but when it takes over day-to-day activities and causes anxiety that prevents seemingly normal activities and behavior, it becomes a serious problem.
10. Nosophobia: This is a fear of developing disease even if a person is having only minor symptoms.