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How common are animal phobias?

Animal phobia is a type of anxiety disorder called a specific phobia. Specific phobia is one of the most common types of anxiety disorders, affecting 13 percent of women and 4 percent of men within a 1 year period. Zoophobia, or fear of animals, is the most common specific phobia. Animals most commonly feared are dogs, snakes, rodents, insects, and spiders. Often animal phobias develop during childhood and resolve by adulthood. If an animal phobia develops during or continues into adulthood, therapy can successfully treat the disorder in most cases.

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