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Phobias: The World’s Fear

By Mavis Brown

A phobia is a type of irrational fear or an anxiety disorder over a certain object, situation, place or creature. People with a phobia go to great lengths to avoid an imagined danger which is much greater in their minds than in reality. If faced with the source of their phobia, the individual will suffer extreme distress, which can interfere with their usual function; it can sometimes end in complete panic. For some people, even thinking about their phobia is immensely distressing.

A phobia begins when a person starts planning their lives around avoiding the source of their fear. A phobia is much more serious than a regular fear. People who suffer from phobias have an overpowering need to steer clear of anything which could trigger their anxiety.

There are many different kinds of phobias and a few include the following: Ablutophobia, fear of washing or bathing, Acarophobia, fear of itching or of the insects that cause itching, Acerophobia, fear of sourness, Acousticophobia, fear of noise, and Acrophobia fear of height.

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