What are you afraid of? No matter what it is, there’s a name for it. Podophobia: the irrational fear of feet; globofobia: the irrational fear of balloons; bananaphobia: the irrational fear of bananas. There are numberless phobias, with listing over 500 different types of phobias. However, while the fear of cotton balls, or sidonglobophobia, might sound funny, some of these irrational fears are real enough to prevent individuals from having a regular social life or keeping a job.

Top 5 Fears in the US

Over 100 phobias are recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. Below are the top 5 most common phobias among Americans:


The fear of public speaking is usually caused by either a lack of exposure to public speaking, which causes fear of this unknown situation, or a traumatic situation in front of an audience. The latter is often associated with sociophobia.


While most people are afraid of or repulsed by different kinds of insects, spiders are the most fearful thing among Americans. The fear of spiders is usually associated with a childhood trauma, or it is a fear learned from another individual who fears spiders.

Achluophobia, Scotophobia, or Myctophobia

These 3 are the fear of darkness. Although most people are afraid of the dark in their early years, some people carry this anxiety about the unseen throughout their lives.


Out of this list, this is the only fear that more often than not is associated with real danger. Fear of heights is a natural fear associated to one’s survival instinct. However, some individuals develop an irrational fear of heights that causes anxiety even in the absence of real danger.


According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Social Anxiety Disorder “is the extreme fear of being scrutinized and judged by others in social or performance situations: Social anxiety disorder can wreak havoc on the lives of those who suffer from it. This disorder is not simply shyness.”

If you suffer from a fear or anxiety disorder that prevents you from keeping a stable income, you might be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. Contact a Salt Lake City Disability Attorney to help you with your application to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.