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About Phobias

Fears are very common; however, when these fears are intense, irrational, and/or lead to avoidance behaviours, they can be diagnosed as a Specific Phobia. Phobias are a type of anxiety disorder. Phobias often develop from a traumatic event experienced by the person, or witnessing a family member contend with that fear/phobia. 


Types of Phobias: 


  • Animals (i.e. mice, insects, dogs). 
  • Natural environment (i.e. heights, water, storms).
  • Blood-injection-injury (i.e. needles, invasive medical procedures, seeing blood). 
  • Situational (i.e. fear of public transportation, enclosed spaces, airplanes, elevators). 
  • Other type (i.e. emetophobia – fear of vomiting, fear of choking, fear of costumed characters).