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Specific (Isolated) Phobias

1.

Fears of proximity to particular animals

spiders (arachnophobia)

insects (entomophobia)

snakes (ophidiophobia)

2.

Fears of specific situations such as

heights (acrophobia)

thunder (keraunophobia)

darkness (nyctophobia)

closed spaces (claustrophobia)

3.

Fears of diseases, injuries or medical examinations

visiting a dentist

the sight of blood (hemophobia) or injury (pain —odynophobia)

the fear of exposure to venereal diseases (syphilidophobia) or AIDS-phobia.

Usually arise in childhood or early adult life and can persist for decades if they remain untreated.

Lifetime prevalence - between 10-20%.

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