The list of our fears is seemingly endless. But when intense fear becomes dreadful horror, accompanied by an irregular heartbeat and panic attacks - it might be symptoms of phobia. There are at least a hundred common phobias, including the fear of spiders, snakes, elevators, water, gossip and numbers. Learn how phobias are being diagnosed, categorized and treated. Discover what terrified Harry Potter and Count Dracula and what spooked the master of suspense - Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Listen to our special series “Phobias: What Makes Your Blood Run Cold.”
Being more than just fears, phobias are often difficult to overcome. In many cases people require the assistance of a trained mental health professional, and sometimes it may take years of therapy to cure a common phobia.
Hollywood loves horror movies, bringing millions of dollars annually to directors, writers and actors who create vampire sagas and TV series about werewolves. But it turns out that when it comes to their own personal fears, the masters of horror themselves are just the same as the rest of us: they suffer from the same common phobias.
Coulrophobia is not a common condition, it’s a rare phobia. But unlike many of those who just don’t like clowns, coulrophobic patients may feel “shaken and traumatized” at the sight of Pierrot.
There are dozens of things that can turn a person into a bundle of nerves. But there’s one creature that Western civilization fears the most. The origins of this phobia may go back to the Stone Age because the object of fear has been living around humans for thousands of years.