Types of Anxiety/Stress Disorders


Specific phobias are defined by an extreme fear and avoidance of one particular type of object or situation. The feared object or situation may even trigger a panic attack upon exposure. The fear is often strong enough to strongly impact work or social routines, relationships, or may cause a significant amount of distress.

An adult may understand the fear is unreasonable but may not be able to overcome it without treatment.

About 10% of the population is affected by specific phobias.

Some common phobias include:

  • Fear of animals
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of doctors
  • Fear of airplanes
  • Fear of bridges or tunnels
  • Fear of illness
  • Fear of loud sounds
  • Fear of elevators

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