What Are Phobic Disorders?

Phobias (Phobic Disorders)

Phobic disorders (phobias) involve persistent, irrational fears and avoidance of the situations or objects that induce these fears. They may be the most common form of anxiety.

There are different types of phobias. One of the most familiar is agoraphobia, or the fear of being in public places; it often stems from panic disorder as a result of trying to avoid places that have triggered past attacks.

Another common form of phobic disorder is social phobia, which is characterized by an undue fear of embarrassment in social situations.

Other phobias are classified as “specific,” meaning they are related to specific circumstances—for example, a fear of a specific type of animal (such as a fear of dogs, or cyanophobia), which is the most common type of specific phobia. Another example is the fear of heights (acrophobia).  more

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