Facts About Fears and Phobias
- 1 in 23 people worldwide suffer from a phobia, that’s just over 4.25% of the population
- Only 20% of phobia disappear on their own when the sufferer reaches adulthood
- Most phobias start in childhood
- Females are more prone to irrational behaviour but OCD and Social phobia are the same for both males and females
A phobia (from the Greek: Phóbos, meaning “fear” or “morbid fear”) is, when used in the context of clinical psychology, a type of anxiety disorder. Usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer goes out of their way to avoid, this behaviour can be described as irrational and excessive. These fears can interfere significantly with an individual’s life and lead to considerable anxiety and stress. In some cases these fears and phobias can escalate into a full-scale anxiety attack. As a consequence, some individuals begin to isolate themselves, leading to severe difficultly in living a normal life.
Types of Phobias
There are a large number of phobias but most are condensed into the follow six categories:
- Social phobias – fears of social situations
- Agoraphobia – fear of being trapped in inescapable place or situation.
- The natural environment – fear of lightening, water, storms etc.
- Animal Fears – fear of snakes, rodents, spiders etc.
- Medical – fear of blood, injections, visiting a dentist or doctor etc.
- Situational – fear of flying, heights, bridges, leaving home, driving etc.
EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has also been used with great success to remove fears and phobias.