Many people admit to being afraid of snakes and spiders
but they can manage their fears quite well. With Specific
phobia, however, the fear is not manageable. In fact
it is so intense that it causes you to suffer from
considerable distress in your life. For instance, a
fear of flying could result in your not being able
to travel for your job and therefore you might have
to pass up a much wanted promotion. A fear of snakes
could result in not going on family outings to the
park and/or not using the basement of your own home.
There are many types of objects, animals and situations
that could evoke this type of fear including: flying,
driving, snakes, spiders, other animals (dogs, cats,
etc.) heights, bridges and tunnels, dentists or doctors,
elevators, blood, injections or injuries, storms, loud
noises, illness and others.
If you think you may have Specific Phobia, speak to
your family physician, psychologist or psychiatrist.