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Specific Phobias

A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger.   It isn't just extreme fear; its an irrational fear of a particular thing.


While adults with phobias realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared object or situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.

General Facts about specific phobias:

  • Affect 6.3 million adult Americans
  • Are twice as common in women as in men
  • Usually first appear during childhood or adolescence
  • Persist into adulthood


Some of the more common specific phobias include the fear of:

  • Closed-in places
  • Heights
  • Escalators
  • Tunnels
  • Highway driving
  • Water
  • Flying
  • Dogs
  • Injuries involving blood


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