Introduction: Specific phobias


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Specific phobias: Irrational fears of specific situations, actions or items.

Specific phobias: A specific phobia is an intense fear of something that poses little or no actual danger. Some of the more common specific phobias are centered around closed-in places, heights, escalators, tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, dogs, and injuries involving blood. Such phobias aren't just extreme fear; they are irrational fear of a particular thing. You may be able to ski the world's tallest mountains with ease but be unable to go above the 5th floor of an office building. 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.1

Researching symptoms of Specific phobias: Further information about the symptoms of Specific phobias is available including a list of symptoms of Specific phobias, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Specific phobias, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Specific phobias: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Specific phobias, failure to diagnose Specific phobias, or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Specific phobias: Various information is available about treatments available for Specific phobias, or research treatments for other diseases.

Statistics and Specific phobias: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Specific phobias, prevalence and incidence statistics for Specific phobias, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Anxiety Disorders: NIMH

Last revision: July 1, 2003

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