1401 McHenry Rd., Ste. 122
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
820 E. Terra Cotta Ave., Ste. 215
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
1790 Nations Dr., Ste. 208
Gurnee, IL 60031
2300 N. Barrington Rd., Ste. 180
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
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