A specific phobia is a fear of something that does not pose a real, immediate threat.
Some common specific phobias are:
- Fear of Dogs
- Fear of Flying
- Fear of Water
- Fear of Driving
- Fear of Tunnels
- Fear of Elevators
- Fear of Heights
- Fear of Being Closed In
People with specific phobias can have a panic attack or severe anxiety just thinking of what they fear.
There are 6.3 million adults affected by Specific Phobias. This disorder is twice as common in women than men.
The reason for Specific Phobias is not well understood, but there is some evidence to support the assumption that this disorder might run in families.
Here is a video you may find helpful:
Robert Mantell Cures Fear, Phobia, Anxiety On Discovery Health Channel
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