A person who has a phobia has a persistent fear of an object or situation that poses little or no harm to her and avoids situations that involve this fear. Phobias fall into three general categories: social phobia, specific phobia and agoraphobia.
In the United States adult population, 6.8 percent have a social phobia, 8.7 percent have a specific phobia and 0.8 percent have agoraphobia, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). People with social phobia have a fear of social situations in which they could be embarrassed, while people with agoraphobia have a fear or being in a place or situation where they would have trouble escaping. Patients with a specific phobia can have a fear of situations, animals, objects in the natural environment, blood and injections or of other stimuli. Here at Bright Hub, you can find a multitude of articles on the many types of phobias, and how they are developed, diagnosed and treated.
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