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A phobia is a constant fear of an object, place or situation. Some very simple phobias are of insects, infections, and flying. There are thousands and thousands of phobias. Millions of people have one kind of phobia, like the fear of flying. Some phobias, only a dozen people in the world have, like kathisophobia, fear of sitting down. It all depends on what frightens and bothers the person. The top ten most common fears are:

1. Arachnophobia- Fear of Spiders: half of women and 10 percent of men have, the fear of spiders, to some degree.

2. Social Phobia- Fear of being looked at negatively in society. About 5.3 million people ages 18-54 have this phobia in the U.S.

3. Aerophobia-fear of flying.

4. Agoraphobia-fear of being trapped in a situation, like being buried alive and can't escape. About 3.2 million American adults ages 18-54 have this fear.

5. Claustrophobia-Fear of being trapped in small closed spaces.

6. Acrophobia

Fear of heights.

7. Emetophobia

Fear of vomit.

8. Carcinophobia

Fear of cancer.

10. Brontophobia

Fear of thunderstorms.

Phobias have been around since the beginning of time. Humans have always been afraid of something. So there is no really accurate time when phobias developed. Phobias are very common. Sometimes, they are for no apparent reasons. Sometimes, they emerge after a traumatic event, for example, if you get in a car crash, you are probably going to fear riding in a car for a little while. When the person who has the phobia has to face their fear he or she will most likely have symptoms of anxiety. Some of the symptoms can be, racing of the heart, sweating, shortness of breath, trembling, and can even pass out, or worse have a heart attack.

Usually people try to escape,