Approximately 10% of the population will develop a Specific Phobia sometime in their lives. Phobias are characterised by the excessive fear of a specific object or situation that may lead to severe distress and, in some cases, panic attacks. Among the most common Phobias are fears of:

  1. Animals such as dogs, snakes, or insects,
  2. Situations such as flying, small enclosed spaces, or driving,
  3. Blood, needles, injections, or minor injuries,
  4. Things in nature, such as storms, water, or heights,
  5. Other things, including fears of vomiting, doctors, dentists, or choking.

Individuals with Specific Phobias recognise that their fear is unreasonable however, they cannot overcome it. While most people feel anxious or apprehensive about certain objects or situations, individuals with a Specific Phobia have their daily routines, employment, or social lives disrupted by their fears.

Treatment

Fortunately, Specific Phobias can be treated very effectively with Behavioural or Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and, in most cases, individuals receiving treatment are able to completely overcome their Phobias.