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Express English: Phobias

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This is what some people in London told us.

Many people have phobias linked to animals. One woman does not feel comfortable thinking about snakes and one man has problems with spiders.

Another man is scared of heights but keeps it as a secret.

Did you know?


Phobias are the most common type of anxiety disorder. In the UK, an estimated 10 million people have phobias. Phobias can affect anyone, regardless of age, sex and social background.

Language tip

'Claustrophobia' is the name given to people who feel anxious when trapped in a enclosed space.

Cultural tip

A 2003 study by a Cambridge University academic and finance group Egg found that one in five Britons suffers from financialphobia, a condition rendering them unable to handle their personal finances.

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