An estimated 19.2 million adults in the United States have experienced some form of phobia, ranging from the common fear of large dogs to the unusual fear of gravity, fear of developing a fever, or fear of strange people. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S., afflicting approximately 13.3 percent of all adults. Although phobias and anxiety disorders can be devastating, there are many effective treatments and therapies that can lead to successful outcomes. The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, Third Edition covers all aspects of these mental disorders, from the mildest to the severest. More than 2,000 up to date entries explain all aspects of this topic, from defining anxieties, fears, and phobias to specific types of phobias, and from causes and symptoms to treatments. An introduction provides a historical overview of the subject, and an appendix includes a helpful directory of resources.
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