A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder, defined by a persistent and excessive fear of an object or situation. They provoke feelings of anxiousness making everyday life frightening and disabling.
Phobias are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States with an estimation of 19.2 million U.S. adults being affected by them, as almost any object or situation can become a source of fear. Due to this, phobias are broken up into three different classifications, such as social phobia (which causes extreme anxiety in social or public situations), agoraphobia (the fear of being alone in public places from which there’s no easy escape) and specific phobias (the most common as it’s a fear of specific objects like animals, situations, medical treatment, and the natural environment).
While not complete (due to the infinite number of phobias), the below list offers a look at some of the many phobias that can impact an individual’s life: