A phobia is an anxiety disorder involving excessive and persistent fear of a situation or object. Exposure to the source of the fear triggers an immediate anxiety response.
Most specific phobias fall into one of four major categories:
Fears of the natural environment
Fears related to animals
Fear related to medical treatments or issues
Fears related to specific situations
Phobia of the Day: Zuigerphobia is the fear of vacuum cleaners, and is a specific phobia.
A specific phobia is an irrational, yet excessive fear of a particular object.
This type of phobia creates an immediate anxiety response, often causing the person to avoid the object whenever possible.
This week’s phobias:
Monday, 5 December
Tuesday, 6 December
Wednesday, 7 December
Thursday, 8 December
Friday, 9 December
Monday, 28 November – Ophidiophobia
Tuesday, 29 November – Philemaphobia
Wednesday, 30 November – Scoptophobia
Thursday, 1 December – Thalassophobia
Do you have a phobia you suffer from that you’d like to share?
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