Whether it's a fear of snakes, spiders, heights, or small spaces, many people experience phobias on a daily basis. Usually, it's one of these more common fears. But there are plenty of phobias you don't know about, and others that seem so rare and ultra specific, they may not even sound real.
But even if it's over something that sounds out-there, phobias are extremely common, affecting 19.2 million Americans, and any type of phobia has the potential to cause serious distress. You might panic at the sight of the feared object, avoid certain situations, or even get sweaty and shaky at the mere thought. But the good news is, there are plenty of techniques that can help you overcome phobias.
"In general, approaching phobias is about teaching the body and the mind that the feared object or situation doesn’t have to automatically elicit the anxiety response," Dr. Josh Klapow, clinical psychologist and host of The Web radio show, tells Bustle. By using techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), flooding, and desensitization or exposure therapy, you can train your brain to react in a different way, so you can feel less fearful. Here are a few phobias you may have never heard of, as well as the best way experts say it's possible to treat them.