Type of Phobias Essay

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There are three main categories that a phobia can fall under. The three categories are as follows. First, Specific phobias, which are usually your phobias of something such as spiders, clowns or even something like your dentist. Specific phobias fall under a category of simple phobias. A simple phobia is something, or someone that people are disproportionately fearful of.

The next two categories of phobias are considered complex phobias. These phobias are inter connected to the memory. They usually deal with a certain situation or some circumstance. Social phobias which have now been reclassified as Social Anxiety Disorder is when a person finds being in at social event unbearable and difficult. For example, going to a wedding, or a
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They believe that prehistoric environments have created certain phobias today. Many prehistoric children learned very quickly that certain animals such as snakes or certain creatures like spiders were dangerous. Today both Ophidiophobia (Fear of Snakes) and Arachnophobia (Fear of Spiders) are among the most common phobias in the world. Social phobias may have also originated in prehistoric times. People found it frightening to be among others who weren’t of the same tribe which would now correlate with one being terrified of large public places.

We know what a phobia is but why do people have phobias? For specific phobias they usually develop in younger children. In most cases the child has had something stressful or frightening happen to them that becomes a trigger. An example would be that a young child gets locked in a confined space, now every time he or she is in a confined area the event is triggered causing anxiety which will eventually lead to panic.
As for social and agoraphobia these are still a mystery. Researchers believe that is a combination of life experiences and the chemistry of one’s brain. There are certain parts of the brain such as the amygdala and varies parts of the prefrontal cortex that have been linked with the study of phobias. These certain areas of the brain are unique in the fact that they store and recall a dangerous or “near death” experiences. Now

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