NEW YORK (PIX11) — It’s estimated that 9.1% of Americans — more than 19 million people — have a phobia.
Here are New York’s most-searched phobias on Google, according to NewYorkBets.com.
Trypophobia is the fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The phobia has garnered 397,200 searches in New York in the last 12 months, according to NewYorkBets.com.
Thalassophobia is the No. 2 most-searched phobia in New York, with 127,440 searches. Thalassophobia is the fear of the ocean or other large bodies of water, such as seas and lakes, according to BBC Science Focus.
Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting or seeing someone else vomit, and comes in as the third most-searched phobia with 101,040 searches in the last 12 months.
Claustrophobia is the fear of tight or closed spaces. The fear was searched 79,680 times. You are often asked before an MRI if you have this phobia.
Having a fear of heights — acrophobia as it’s officially called — was searched 48,000 times.
If you see a spider crawling around and need someone else’s help to kill it, you probably have a fear of spiders or arachnophobia. It was searched 41,880 times in New York in the last 12 months.
Scopophobia is the fear of being stared at or watched, according to PsychCentral.com. It can often lead to people avoiding social situations. The fear was searched 31,080 times.
Megalophobia is a form of anxiety disorder and involves the fear of large objects such as buildings, statues, large animals, and even vehicles, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It was searched 30,480 times.
If you have a fear of clowns, then you have coulrophobia. It is estimated that one in 10 adults has this phobia, according to the Cleveland Clinic. It was searched 19,200 times.
Trypanophobia is one of the more common fears, with an estimated 25% of adults suffering from the fear of needles in a medical setting, according to Harvard University. If you have this fear, you may avoid doctor visits where you’d be getting blood drawn or a vaccine. It was searched 15,720 times.