Specific phobia is the extreme fear of a specific object or situation. It is a phobia not classified as agoraphobia or social phobia. Specific phobia is a type of anxiety disorder.
Almost all phobias can be categorized as either a specific phobia or a social phobia, but some have elements of both (like public speaking).
Average age of phobia onset:
- Animal - 7
- Blood - 9
- Dental work - 12
- Social situations - 16
- Closed spaces - 20
- Crowds - 28
Blood and injection phobia - unique - instead of becoming more anxious, your blood pressure and heart rate drop, get dizzy, become faint
Dental phobia - people fear dentists. Dentists are actually one of the most acquainted medical professions with phobias.