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Specific Phobias



Specific Phobias:

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Specific Phobias are intense, persistent fears of certain objects or situations, such as a fear of snakes or a fear of flying. These fears are unreasonable in that the object or situation poses little actual threat or harm, yet the sufferer may go to great lengths to avoid what they are scared of. If a phobia causes severe anxiety or panic or disrupts a person's routine, they may need to seek treatment.