Phobias are persistent and irrational fears of certain objects or situations. The word is derived from the Greek word “phobos” which means fear or horror.  It is a type of anxiety disorder that can be overwhelming to those who are afflicted with it. People with phobias try to avoid coming close to the objects or situations that they fear. If they were unable to avoid them, their fear could cause trembling, panic, rapid heartbeat, and sometimes shortness of breath. There is no exact known number of how many phobias there are. Phobias come in all shapes and sizes because there are an infinite number of objects and situations, the list of specific phobias is quite long.

It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events (i.e. traumatic events) and internal predispositions (i.e. heredity or genetics). Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. The symptoms vary by person depending on their level of fear. The symptoms typically include extreme anxiety, dread and anything associated with panic such as shortness of breath, rapid breathing, irregular heartbeat, sweating, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, nausea, inability to articulate words or sentences, dry mouth, and shaking.

Most of the phobias in this quiz are quite a mouthful but they are all real and recognized forms of phobias. Some may be known and some are really uncommon, nonetheless, they all bring fear and disruption to those who have them. This quiz also includes examples of famous people who are known to have phobias and the effects these fears had on their lives, just like ordinary people who also suffer these conditions.  

How many of these phobias have you heard of?

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