More Information on Phobias

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Phobias can cause lowered self-esteem and depression. In an attempt to reduce their anxiety and alleviate depression, people with phobias may use alcohol or other drugs, which can lead to addiction.
 
Some people with phobias may also have other anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
 

Statistics on Phobias

Approximately 5.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54 (about 3.7 percent of people in this age group) have social phobia in a given year. It typically begins in childhood or adolescence.
 
Approximately 3.2 million American adults ages 18 to 54 (about 2.2 percent of people in this age group) have agoraphobia in a given year.
 
Approximately 6.3 million American adults ages 18 to 54 (about 4.4 percent of people in this age group) have some type of specific phobia in a given year.
 
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