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How do I know if my child is likely to develop a phobia?

Your child is more likely to develop a phobia if you have dealt with one yourself. Also, research shows that a parent's anxiety level can effect whether or not a child develops a phobia. If you are concerned about how to minimize the effect of your own phobia or anxiety level on your child, it is important to speak with a mental health professional.

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