A specific phobia is a strong, irrational fear reaction to common places, situations, or objects. People with specific phobias usually are aware that the fear is excessive or unreasonable, and that it doesn’t make sense. However, the feeling is often so strong that they work hard to avoid coming into contact with the feared object, as the feeling can be terrifying for them.
Specific Phobias commonly include:
- closed-in spaces
- air travel
- highway driving
- medical procedures.