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What causes situational phobias?

Although the cause of situational phobia is still unknown, studies indicate a link between a parent's phobias and that of a child. After watching a parent react fearfully to a situation, a child may learn to act that way as well.

A traumatic event that occurs as a result of a particular situation can also trigger a phobia. Situational phobias may arise during childhood or may arise suddenly during adolescence or adulthood, sometimes occurring unexpectedly during a situation that previously did not elicit anxiety.

Other factors that may trigger the development of a situational phobia are genetics and brain chemicals.

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