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
- 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
- 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
June 13, 2013
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