Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. They are very common, though they may particularly affect people suffering with PTSD and panic disorder. Phobias are irrational, exaggerated fears of a particular thing or experience. Common phobias include fear of spiders, snakes, social situations, driving, flying, and public places. Symptoms range from mild to severe, with some people suffering so severely that their daily life is affected and they find it difficult to function.
Phobias are common, with about 10 million adults experiencing one, according to the American Psychological Association. People living with phobias may believe there is no hope in being cured, however, you don’t have to live with phobias forever. Phobias are treatable and can resolve.
The most common and effective form of therapy for phobias is called “exposure therapy” where you gradually expose yourself to the thing you are afraid of in a controlled environment and under the care of your therapist. Cognitive behavioral therapy is also commonly employed to treat phobias.