What is Specific Phobia

Specific phobia is characterized by marked and persistent fear caused by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation. The most common examples of Specific Phobia are:

  • Driving
  • Flying
  • Animals
  • Heights
  • Receiving an injection
  • Seeing Blood

While the person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable, exposure to the feared object or situation almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety.  Avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared situation interferes with person’s normal routine, occupational or academic functioning, or social activities or relationships.