people holding signs of different forms of phobia

Specific Phobia

Specific Phobia refer to excessive fear of particular objects, animals or situations. The impairment associated with specific phobia is usually limited. But their co-existence in Depression & other Anxiety Disorders can increase their associated disability.


Specific Phobia is the most common type of Anxiety disorders with 12 month prevalence of 1.9%-8.7%.

Onset : 50% have onset prior to the age of 8 years & almost all have onset by the age of 12 years.

Onset is slightly earlier in males.

Different types of Specific Phobia:

1. Animal Phobia:

This is the most common type of specific phobia. For example, fear of:

  • Dogs
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Mice
  • Insects

2. Situational Phobia:

  • Flying
  • Driving
  • Going over bridges or in tunnels
  • Using elevators

3. Natural Environmental Phobia:

  • Storms
  • Dark Rooms

4. Blood-Injection-Injury Phobia:

  • Blood
  • Injection or transfusion
  • Injury

5. Other Phobias:

  • Loud Sounds
  • Heights
  • Clowns


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