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Related to simple phobia: social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder

phobia

 [fo´be-ah]
a persistent, irrational, intense fear of a specific object, activity, or situation (the phobic stimulus), fear that is recognized as being excessive or unreasonable by the individual himself. When a phobia is a significant source of distress or interferes with social functioning, it is considered a mental disorder (sometimes called a phobic disorder). Some typical phobias are: acrophobia (fear of heights), astraphobia (fear of lightning), cenotophobia (fear of new things or new ideas), claustrophobia (fear of closed places), hemophobia (fear of blood), and xenophobia (dread of strangers). Phobias are subclassified as agoraphobia, social phobias, and specific phobias. See also anxiety disorders. adj., adj pho´bic.
simple phobia specific phobia.
social phobia an anxiety disorder characterized by fear and avoidance of social or performance situations in which the individual fears possible embarrassment and humiliation, for example, fear of speaking, performing, or eating in public.
specific phobia an anxiety disorder characterized by persistent and excessive or unreasonable fear of a circumscribed, well-defined object or situation, in contrast to fear of being alone or of public places (agoraphobia) or fear of embarrassment in social situations (social phobia). Common specific phobias involve fear of animals, particularly dogs, snakes, insects, and mice; fear of closed spaces (claustrophobia); and fear of heights (acrophobia).

specific phobia

1. a persistent pattern of significant fear of specific objects or situations, manifesting in anxiety or panic on exposure to the object or situation or in anticipation of them, which the person realizes is unreasonable or excessive and which interferes significantly with the person's functioning;
2. a DSM diagnosis that is established when the specified criteria are met.
Synonym(s): simple phobia

simple phobia

an anxiety disorder characterized by a persistent, irrational fear of specific things, such as animals, dirt, light, or darkness. Compare social phobia. See also phobia.

simple phobia

Specific phobia Psychiatry A phobia characterized by persistent irrational fears of a specific object, activity, or situation Examples Acrophobia, arachnophobia, agoraphobia, brontophobia, claustrophobia, emetophobia. See Phobia.

spe·cif·ic pho·bi·a

(spĕ-sif'ik fō'bē-ă)
A persistent pattern of significant fear of specific objects or situations, manifesting in anxiety or panic on exposure to the object or situation or in anticipation of them, which the person realizes is unreasonable or excessive and which interferes significantly with the person's functioning.
Synonym(s): simple phobia.
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Major anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social phobia, simple phobia, and agoraphobia are all genetically influenced and moderately heritable.
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Phobic Trust chief executive Marcia Read said "exposure" therapies, where people were gradually exposed to fear stimulus, were commonly used to treat single or simple phobias, along with other methods.
There are many different phobias which can be divided into two categories - simple phobias and complex phobias.
Simple phobias such as fear of heights, dogs or spiders are relatively easy to cure with cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).