Other Phobias, Top 12 Most Common

Definition: A phobia is defined as an irrational and intense fear of a specific object or situation. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 8.7% of people, or about 19.2 million American adults, suffer from one or more specific phobias. The full list of phobias is almost limitless, consisting of anything that someone could fear. Phobias vary in severity from person to person. Some people are able to manage their symptoms and face the feared object, often with a great sense of terror. Others are motivated by the phobia to avoid the feared situation, sometimes at great personal cost.

Symptoms: Although the symptoms of each type of phobia will vary, there are some symptoms common to all phobias. These include:

Causes: Although researchers have not yet determined exactly what causes a phobia to develop, we know that phobias are rooted in the normal fear response.


Attending phobia clinics and support groups has also helped many people overcome their fears. In addition, medication may help some people overcome their phobia, but it is not usually used in initial treatment. Some medications might cause anxiety so they must be used carefully in conjunction with therapy.

Top 12 Most Common Phobias in America

  1. Mysophobia- fear of germs or dirt
  2. Pteromerhanophobia- fear of flying
  3. Social phobias- fear of social situations and people
  4. Trypanophobia- fear of injections
  5. Astraphobia-fear of thunder and lightening
  6. Cynophobia- fear of dogs
  7. Agoraphobia- fear of not being able to escape
  8. Acrophobia- fear of heights
  9. Ophidiophobia- fear of snakes
  10. Arachnophobia- fear of spiders
  11. Nyctophobia- fear of the dark
  12. Dentophobia-fear of the dentist