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Book 7: Chapter 16 – Phobias


  1. Trypanophobia is the extreme fear of medical procedures involving injections or hypodermic needles. The name that is in common usage is simply needle phobia.

  2. Pharmacophobia is a fear of the use of pharmacological treatments. In severe, excessive and irrational, cases it may be a type of specific phobia. It is also known as Medication Phobia.

  3. Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape and being closed in small spaces or rooms. It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder and often results in panic attack.

  4. The fear of the dark is a common fear among children and to a varying degree is observed for adults. Fear of the dark is usually not fear of the darkness itself, but fear of possible or imagined dangers concealed by the darkness. It is called Achluophobia.

  5. Ochlophobia and Demophobia are terms for types of social phobia or social anxiety disorder whose sufferers have a fear of crowds.

  6. Pyrophobia isan abnormal or even irrational fear of fires or flames.

  7. Acrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of heights. It belongs to a category of specific phobias, called space and motion discomfort that share both similar etiology and options for treatment. Most people experience a degree of natural fear when exposed to heights, especially if there is little or no protection. Those who are confident in such situations may be said to have a head for heights.

  8. Agoraphobiais an anxiety disorder characterized by anxiety in situations where it is perceived to be difficult or embarrassing to escape. These situations can include, but are not limited to; wide-open spaces, crowds, and uncontrollable social situations such as may be met in shopping malls, airports, and on bridges.

  9. Algophobia is a phobia of pain - an abnormal and persistent fear of pain that is far more powerful than that of a normal person. It canbe treated with behavioral therapy and anti-anxiety medication.

  10. Hydrophobia is an extreme or irrational fear of water. It is also called Aquaphobia. It is a specific phobia that involves a level of fear that is beyond the patient's control or that may interfere with daily life.


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