Fears that are very specific to one situation are called specific phobias. Examples include heights, insects, animals, storms, blood, needles and enclosed spaces. Specific phobias are one of the most common anxiety disorders, though they typically don’t pose enough of a problem for people to seek treatment. That’s because people can usually continue to avoid or periodically endure their fear. However, there are times when one’s situation or life circumstances no longer allow for these coping mechanisms and the specific phobias begin to significantly interfere with one’s quality of life.

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