Specific Phobia is a fear of a particular object or situation. Although many people are uncomfortable around snakes and dislike getting shots, individuals with Specific Phobia have difficulties with work, family, and friends due to these fears. They might avoid all places snakes can be found, or despite doctor’s orders, be unable to receive appropriate medical care due to fear of blood and needles.
Specific Phobia is treated with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Sufferers are slowly exposed to feared situations or objects. They might first look at a picture of the word “snake” until the anxiety decreases, then move to looking at increasingly detailed pictures of a snake, before they are ready to begin approaching a live snake.