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What increases my risk for animal phobias?

Phobias affect individuals of all ages and both genders. Although some animal phobias, such as fear of large animals, tend to develop in early childhood, some phobias, such as fear of rodents and insects, often develop in adulthood. The existence of an animal phobia in an immediate family member increases the likelihood of that same phobia developing in another family member. In addition, a specific animal phobia is often the triggered by a traumatic experience.

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