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What We Know

Having a specific phobia is defined by an individual’s extreme and irrational fear of something that is not proportionate to its potential danger. It is estimated that about 9% of adults in the United States struggle with specific phobia each year. 

The phobia may lead to becoming impaired in work/school, social and or family life. Studies show almost 22% of individuals with specific phobia are seriously impaired, 30% are moderately impaired and 48% are mildly impaired [1]. 

How It Affects Our World

Having a specific phobia can create anxiety or panic symptoms by the thought or interaction of the specific object/event. Physical symptoms include things such as heart pounding, nausea, sweating, numbness, shortness of breath, or feeling lightheaded. As noted above, these symptoms can cause challenges in the individuals work/school, social and or family life [2].

What We Can Do About It

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[1] National Institute of Mental Health. Specific Phobia. Washington DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Retrieved from

[2] WebMD (2020). Specific Phobia. Retrieved from

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