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Psychologists use the term phobia, which comes from the Greek for fear, for a number of psychologic conditions that can seriously disable their carriers.

The name of a phobia contains a Greek word for what the patient fears plus -phobia; common phobias include these:

Psychiatrists often use virtual reality to desensitize patients to the feared thing.

In some cases, however, a fear or hatred is only based on ignorance; psychologists do not classify these as true phobias.

See also angst, anxiety, disabilities