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What are common situational phobias?

A situational phobia is a type of specific phobic disorder in which an irrational fear of a particular situation causes an intense physical and emotional reaction. Common situational phobias include fears of heights, open spaces, public speaking, test-taking, dentists, and flying. Many people also get stage fright and develop phobias of needles and crossing bridges.

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