A specific phobia is an extreme fear of a specific object or situation that is not harmful under usual conditions. People with specific phobias may be afraid of:
Common objects, such as animals or insects. For example, they may fear dying after being bitten by a spider (arachnophobia).
Natural events. For example, they may fear thunder and being struck by lightning (astrapophobia), drowning in water (hydrophobia), or falling from high places (acrophobia).
Common situations. For example, they may fear being closed in (claustrophobia) or they may fear crashing when flying in an airplane.
Seeing blood (hemophobia). People who have this phobia often faint when they need to give a blood sample, have an operation, or are in pain.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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