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Specific Phobia

What is Specific Phobia?

‚ÄčSpecific phobia is defined as a lasting and significant fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation (e.g. flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood). The fear or anxiety is out of proportion and unreasonable with regard to the actual danger posed by the specific object or situation.

  • Active avoidance of phobic object or situation or intense fear of anxiety endured
  • ‚ÄčImmediate fear or anxiety almost always triggered by phobic object or situation
  • In children, fear or anxiety expressed by crying, tantrums, freezing, or clinging
  • Persistent fear, anxiety, or avoidance, usually lasting for six months or more and causing clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other vital areas of functioning.

‚ÄčTreatments for simple phobia include cognitive behavioural therapy, medication and relaxation techniques.

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