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What percentage of the population have a phobia?

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 19.2 million or approximately 8.7 percent of American adults are suffering from one or more types of phobias.

This may seem like a low percentage given the fact that you’ll hear just about everyone say they have a fear or something or other.

This is because people without the aid of psychiatrists may find it difficult to interpret the difference between them having a mild fear of something and a genuine phobia.

Yes, how can I find out for sure?

Phobia is said to be an intense but irrational fear of a situation or object that presents little or no actual danger.

The surest way to find out is to visit a doctor or psychiatrist as symptoms of phobia may vary from one person to another. But commonly, one or more of the following symptoms are present during a phobic reaction:

  • Trembling, dizziness, increased heart rate, or other uncontrolled responses

  • Panic, dread, sense or terror

  • Preoccupation of or inability to shift focus from feared object or situation

  • Intense need to escape the situation