phobia [ foh-bee-uh ] noun
an intense, persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, situation, or person that manifests in physical symptoms such as sweating, trembling, rapid heartbeat, or shortness of breath, and that motivates avoidance behavior.
Can be an aversion toward, dislike of, or disrespect for a thing, idea, person, or group.

A common mental illness is phobia. 12.5% of U.S. adults are likely to have a phobia in their lifetime. About 75% of those adults will have multiple phobias. There are three main types of phobias, specific phobias, social phobia, and agoraphobia.

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