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Specific Phobia

A specific phobia is an irrational fear of a specific object or situation. When exposed to the phobic stimulus, immediate anxiety occurs. Sometimes such exposure can even cause a panic attack. The most common specific phobia is the fear of public speaking.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV delineates the following common specific subtypes:

There are other specific phobias that do not fit into these four categories.


We once worked with a young teen who could not sleep with his back to the bedroom door. He was not afraid to sleep facing the door. Nor was he afraid of the dark or being home by himself. It took us two sessions of EMDR to eradicate this phobia.


For a longer list of specific phobias go to The Top Ten Specific Phobias.


For a more in-depth treatment of Specific Phobias, go to the web site.


Continue on to the next Phobia sub-topic, Agoraphobia


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Phobia Help

Getting help with phobias.


Types of Phobias

Causes and Treatment of Phobias

How do phobias develop and what can be done to treat them?


Phobia Self-Help

A lot can be done by those who have a phobia to reduce or eliminate it.


Afraid of What?

An example of how we help people with phobias.


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