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Some facts about phobias

Edited by Jill Wright,

some facts about phobias

This post is from one of Psychology Melbourne's psychologists, Natalie-Mai Holmes.

Phobias are much more common than you probably think. No fewer than 11 per cent of Australians are thought to suffer from an extreme, irrational and frequently debilitating fear of something that most people consider harmless.

Fear is a natural response to real danger, stopping us from doing risky things...