Phobias are a common mental health issue in the United States, affecting an estimated 19 million Americans. These fears can range from mild to severe and often first emerge in early childhood or between adolescence and mid-30s. Specific phobias, characterized by intense fear of a particular object or situation, are particularly prevalent. This significant number underscores the need for increased awareness, understanding, and treatment options for these debilitating conditions.

Do you have a Phobia?

Americans grapple with a diverse range of phobias. Notably, fear of public speaking, also known as Glossophobia, stands out as America's most common phobia, affecting a significant 25.3% of the population. Acrophobia, the fear of heights, and Entomophobia, the fear of bugs and insects closely follow this. However, an interesting revelation is that nearly one in three U.S. adults confesses to Ophidiophobia, the fear of snakes. These fears underline the complexity and diversity of phobias prevalent across the country.

How to get help with Phobias.

Phobias can be debilitating, but help is available. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective treatments, helping individuals understand and change thought patterns leading to fear and anxiety. Exposure therapy, a part of CBT, involves gradual, repeated exposure to the source of the phobia to reduce fear. Medications can also provide temporary relief. A mental health professional can guide you through these options. Self-care practices, such as regular exercise, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet, can support overall well-being. Remember, seeking help is a vital step towards overcoming phobias. shared the Top 10 phobias that Idahoans struggle with based on analyzing Google searches around all things phobias from the past 12 months. 

The 10 Most Common Phobias in Idaho

According to, these are the 10 biggest phobias in Idaho.

"To find the most searched for phobias, we pulled a list of the 50 most common across America. We then used (a keyword research tool), which showed how often each fear was Googled over the last 12 months.
The final search figure is the calculation of multiple keywords focusing on each phobia.:

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