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Top ten common phobias
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Top ten common phobias
Times Of Dhaka : Afraid of getting into that dark room? Scared of those insects with huge antennae? Well, you're not alone, there are many who share your fears.
These fears may cause anxiety disorders that arise because of a constant object or situation. When you feel like avoiding such objects or situations, you may have developed a 'Phobia.' Phobias are treatable with cognitive and behavioral therapy techniques.
Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders
People with arachnophobia feel uncomfortable at any place or any time, if they feel the presence of a spider, see a realistic picture or even just a sign of its web. Just the notion of a spider is enough to cause fear.
Symptoms include crying, screaming, breathlessness or excessive sweating. People suffering from this phobia, are perpetually paranoid that every room they enter will have spiders. Arachnophobia usually affects women, more than men.
Ophidiophobia: Fear of snakes
Different people suffering from Ophidiophobia react differently, because each person has his or her own way of thinking and perceiving images, movements, and sounds connected with snakes.
Symptoms can be psychological; for instance, obsessive thinking about snakes or the dangers caused by snakes. This may then cause fainting, loss of control, emotional anxiety, continuous fear, or desire to run away. The anxiety and fear can even lead to a panic attack. (Sources: Wikipedia, Changethatsrightnow)
Acrophobia: Fear of heights
Many of us are terrified when exposed to heights, and also when there is little or no protection. But in extreme cases, a person may suffer from Acrophobia - a very strong fear of heights. Acrophobics can suffer from panic attacks when they are placed on heights, and may get very restless if not relieved immediately. Women tend to suffer from the fear of heights more than men. This fear can lead to anxiety attacks and avoidance of high places.
Agoraphobia: The fear of situations in which escape is difficult
In some cases, this relates to a fear of 'open spaces.' This fear can take place anywhere; at home, in places of worship, crowded malls, etc. Usually this phobia deepens when a person starts avoiding spaces or situations like driving, shopping, crowded places, and traveling - essentially all spaces that he or she perceives to be part of his/her phobia.
Agoraphobia arises from an internal anxiety condition that becomes so intense that the suffering individual fears going anywhere, especially to places where these feelings of panic originated. Once these panic attacks have started, they are followed by ongoing stress, even when other obvious symptoms diminish.
Cynophobia: Fear of dogs
Persons suffering from Cynophobia will do their best to avoid approaching or passing by a dog to the extent that they may stay at home to avoid dogs, because they are convinced that there is a possibility of harm. Some of them might just fear from a certain breed of dogs, so the fear factor related to Cynophobia varies.
Common symptoms include running away, freezing in terror, attempting to hide or crying. This phobia is often associated with specific personal experiences, such as being bitten by a dog during childhood. (Sources: Wikipedia, Phobias.About)
Astraphobia: Fear of thunder and lightening
Astraphobiacs will often feel worried during thunderstorm.
Symptoms include crying, sweating, panic attacks, wanting to use the restroom, and nausea. Astraphobiac people wish for a word of hope or anticipation, when they go through a panic attack. Their case usually worsens when they are all alone; they will look for extra shelter, might hide underneath a bed where they feel that they are safe or might cover their ears so that the sound of the thunder is reduced.
Trypanophobia: Fear of injections
It is common to have a little discomfort while getting that shot, but Trypanophobics fear injections or needles to the extent that they may completely avoid medical treatment.
Symptoms of Trypanophobia, include feelings of dread or panic, rapid heartbeat, trembling and extreme avoidance. (Sources: Wikipedia, AllAboutCounseling)
Social Phobias: Fear of social situations
Here a person feels shy and/or self- conscious to the point of avoiding participation in social gatherings, meeting new people, or talking in public. They may feel safe while talking with their near and dear ones, but when it comes to social gatherings their extreme shyness kicks in. Due to the fear of embarrassment, they often live reclusive lives.
Symptoms include self-consciousness, nervousness, shyness in front of others, racing heart beat, sweaty palms, and nervous stomachs.
Pteromerhanophobia: Fear of flying
There are many who fear flying. The fear arises with the thought that the aircraft in which they are travelling will crash and they will die in the ensuing disaster. The fear of death and getting trapped in a place where it is almost impossible to get any help, makes the sufferer very uncomfortable.
Symptoms include breaking out into cold sweat and breathlessness.
Mysophobia: Fear of germs or dirt
A person, who is constantly afraid of poor hygiene, is a victim of Mysophobia.
People suffering from Mysophobia believe that they have been contaminated, and feel physical (psychosomatic) side effects such as panic attacks, shortness of breath, dizziness, trembling, sweating, accelerated heart rate, chest pain and nausea.

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