Nicholas Barbeau, 10/16/15, Period 2
Experts don't really know what causes phobias to develop, though research suggests the tendency to develop phobias may be a complex interaction between heredity and environment.
Extreme or irrational fear of spiders.
Extreme or irrational fear of snakes.
Fear of long words.
Females are 2 times more likely to develop any type of phobia than men.
Top 10 Common Phobias
Background of Phobias
Sigmund Freud is believed to have discovered phobias because in the early 20'th century, he suggested that phobias were the result of excessive exploitation of oppression and displacement of defense mechanisms.
Famous people with phobias
Daniel Radcliffe fears clowns.
Billy Bob Thorton
Billy has a fear of antique furniture.
Orlando has a fear of pigs.
Phobias are easily treated. Anti-anxiety drugs such as Xanax and Valium can help calm someone down when they're afraid. Medication cannot cure disorders, but help keep them under control.