Specific Fears (Phobias) Rob Shapiro
Avoiding a specific object or situation – or enduring it with extreme anxiety or discomfort – characterizes a Specific Phobia. Persistent fears of animals, elevators, heights, flying, needles and thunder and lightning are common phobias among children. Depending on the phobic stimulus, the impairment caused by the phobia may vary. For example, a fear of elevators may cause more distress than a fear of flying if a child must ride an elevator in his or her apartment building every day but flies on an airplane only occasionally.