Specific phobia

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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.