In this section we’ve taken the 20+ specific and most common phobias and you can find more information on these phobias along with treatment programs and ideas. As we have said previously – we’re only looking in depth at those most common phobias. Treatments for other phobias will follow the same options and principles.
Common Phobias – is yours listed?
Many of us treat heights with trepidation but Acrophobia takes this concern to a different level and is rightly defined as an irrational or morbid fear of heights.
Whilst most of us feel apprehensive when looking down from a height. However, those who suffer from acrophobia, extreme discomfort and intense feelings of panic far outside the normal range. Read More >>>
Claustrophobia, the fear of getting trapped in small spaces, is categorized as an anxiety disorder. A person suffering from this phobia experiences an irrational fear of being closed-in. It’s one of the more well known of the common phobias.
When triggered by certain situations or stimuli such as a crowded elevator, a room with no windows or an airplane, the fallout is often a panic attack. Read More >>>
It is very common for most people to be a little afraid of the dark. Nyctophobia (a.k.a. Lygophobia, Scotophobia) is more than just a simple and unexplained fear of the dark or of dark places, nyctophobia, if present, can be the most crippling fear which interferes in a negative manner with the everyday life of the victim. Read More >>>
Don’t let the fear of the dark take over your life anymore – take control again.
An irrational fear of snakes is referred to as ophidiophobia. A person having this phobia does not only show a morbid fear when in live contact with snakes, but also when thinking about them or seeing them on pictures or TV.
The fear of snakes is one of the most commonly reported phobias as about 30% of the human beings who are adults are ophidiophobic.
Arachnophobia is an extreme fear of spiders. Spiders are not everybody’s favorite insects; they are hated by most people on the planet, but next only to snakes. Those suffering from arachnophobia have a disproportionate fear of spiders – a fear so intense that affects their daily lives. Read More >>>
When it comes to common phobias we’re all familiar with this one! You don’t have to live in fear of spiders though:
Trypanophobia refers to the extreme fear that some people have for injections or hypodermic needles.
It is normal to feel some amount of discomfort when it comes to medical procedures involving injections. A trypanophobic however has such an extreme and irrational fear of injections that he/she either avoids any medical treatment or exhibits anxious or avoidant behavior. Read More >>>
Brontophobia literally translates to fear of thunder and fear of thunderstoms. It is not the common apprehension that most of us feel but is an irrational terror and exaggerated fear of thunderstorms and lightning that is disproportionate to the danger that is presented. Read More >>>
A fear of thunder and thunderstorms can really affect lives. But there is a way you can overcome brontophobia and cure your fear of thunderstorms along with all associated conditions such as panic attacks and anxiety.
Nosophobia (or nosemaphobia) is an overwhelming and all-pervading fear of disease. This can either be having or developing a particular disease such as diabetes or cancer. Not to be confused with hypochondriasis. This the fear that the physical symptoms currently present are manifestations of an undiagnosed disease. Read More >>>
Nosophobia, the fear of having or contracting a disease, can have a terrible effect on lives. Living with such a phobia can have a serious affect on both ones mental state of mind and physical health.
Also referred to as germophobia or bacteriophobia, mysophobia is the fear of germs and contamination.
It is normal for people to be concerned about contamination of foods and exposure to the body fluids of others in order to maintain good hygiene. However, in a person suffering from this phobia, referred to as a mysophobe, these concerns become overblown. Read More >>>
Of all the common phobias this one’s a big one! Glossophobia refers to the fear of public speaking.
A person may experience speech anxiety because of many reasons and some of them may be very complex due to the interplay of many factors. Most people feel nervous when they have to speak in public, but those who suffer from glossophobia feel extreme as well as irrational fear. Read More >>>
Aerophobia is simply an abnormal fear of flying. It is also called by other names such as aviatophobia, pteromechanophobia, or aviophobia.
Aerophobia can trigger anxieties in a person that will keep them away from flying. Those who suffer from this phobia go to great lengths and manage their lives in such a fashion so as to avoid flying. Read More >>>
Necrophobia is a term used for two distinct fears: the fear of death or of dead things.
Though the fear of death is not uncommon, Necrophobia is an irrational fear of death in any form and it causes anxiety to such an extent that it disrupts normal living and affects the quality of life of the sufferer. Read More >>>
Many people may have a fear of water, but people who suffer from this phobia have a persistent and unnatural fear of water to the extent that it affects their day-to-day life.
People may suffer aquaphobia in several ways. They may know that the water in a river, an ocean or a bathtub does not pose any threat, but they are unable to control the fear. Read More >>>
Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting and is very common. For different people, symptoms vary and so do the outcomes. Whereas some people are terrified about becoming sick themselves (more so in public places), some others dread the thought of encountering others who may vomit. Read More >>>
One of the lesser known common phobias, Emetophobia doesn’t need to disrupt your life or affect your happiness.
Carcinophobia is a relatively rare phobia and it refers to the irrational and extreme fear of getting cancer. Individuals affected with this phobia most often exhibit symptoms that associated with other disorders like, for example, the obsessive compulsive disorder and social phobia. Read More >>>
If the fear of cancer has taken over your life then help is at hand:
Blushing is a common but uncomfortable feeling associated with embarrassment. For some individuals, it is something more than mere embarrassment; it causes undue anxiety. An abnormal and exaggerated fear of blushing is called erythrophobia. Read More >>>
The fear of blushing and any attempt to suppress it will usually result in the blushing becoming worse and even more noticeable.
Zoophobia is a persistent and ever-pervading fear of animals. This may be animals in general or a specific type of creature.
Zoophobia is a constant and irrational fear of all animals and extends to even harmless animals such as little kittens and domestic pets as well as the big creatures. Read More >>>
Fear of driving or driving phobia is very common . Some individuals are scared of specific situations that they imagine they will encounter while driving, many others are simply terrified of sitting behind the wheel at all and will avoid driving at any cost. Read More >>>
If this fear affects you then help is at hand:
No one likes to visit the dentist, but some people experience a kind of anxiety that may turn into a fear or even a phobia. Dentophobia is a very common affliction and is also referred to as odontophobia, dental fear or dental anxiety. Read More >>>
A recent survey found that fear of dentists affects one in four people. However, it is likely to be a much higher figure in reality. It’s THAT common! So you can see that you’re certainly NOT alone!
Monophobia refers to an acute fear of either being alone or having to manage in the absence of a specific person in close proximity.
Whilst most people may feel lonely sometimes, a monophobic person experiences severe anxiety when he/she is left alone. This condition can be extremely frustrating and socially crippling for the sufferer. Read More >>>
Paruresis is the fear of urinating in the presence of others . It’s also known as Shy Bladder Syndrome. Paruresis is more than simple shyness – it’s a fear of exposure, or fear of being judged for not being able to urinate when in the real or imaginary presence of others.
It effects people in different ways: some may not be able to use a public toilet. Others may find it difficult to urinate while in moving vehicles, or are paranoid about sounds of their urination being heard by others. Other cases can be even more severe. Read More >>>