Specific Phobia Basics

Guides

Specific Phobia: What to Look For

A child with a specific phobia will demonstrate unreasonable fear when faced with a particular situation, object, event, or even the thought of encountering the object of her distress. To avoid the thing she fears—dogs, say, or water, or bugs—she may cry or throw a tantrum. Physical symptoms may include trembling, dizziness, and sweating.