Phobias are marked and persistent fears of certain situations or things. Animals, heights, enclosed spaces, and blood or injections are common phobias. Phobias are more common in girls and often run in families. They frequently co-occur with other anxiety disorders.
Other symptoms (must interfere significantly with daily routine and persist for at least 6 months):
Phobias occur as early as age 2 years. They may reoccur in the mid-20s.
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