Phobias are very common in most people. Spiders, snakes, and heights are very common among most people, but why are people afraid? Most scientists say that simple phobias are developed during childhood. If a child is put in a stressful or scary situation they are likely to develop a phobia. Simple phobias are more likely to occur in early childhood. Simple phobias caused panic or anxiety that will soon pass. (The link below is a list of all different kinds of simple phobias.)
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Unlike a simple phobia, a complex phobia, is something that is developed during adulthood. Complex phobias are more detrimental to the person. These phobias are known as social phobias. Scientists say that what causes these phobias are a combination of genetics, brain chemistry and life experiences. Neuroscientists have studied different parts of the brain, and have found that certain parts of the brain store dangerous and deadly events that a human has been through. When a person is put through this type of event again the brain remembers it, and fear develops. Treatment for complex phobias has not been discovered yet. This is because the brain tends to hold on to these "bad" memories, and finding an exact cure is very difficult for many doctors and scientists.
People who develop complex phobias have a very difficult time attending social events, like parties, functions, and weddings. They have a fear of being humiliated or embarrassed in public. Most people who have complex phobias are likely to develop depression due to isolation from the public. The most common complex phobia is Agoraphobia. This is the fear of not being able to escape a situation. Many people that have this phobia are afraid to go to anywhere in public or any public travel. These people usually develop panic disorder. Complex phobias are far more detrimental then simple phobias.
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