List of 500+ different Types of Phobias From A to Z

List of 500+ different Types of Phobias From A to Z

What is a Phobia

A phobia is an anxiety disorder. A person with a phobia will typically have sudden onset of fear and significant distress upon seeing the thing they fear. Phobias are different from normal fear because they interfere with daily life activities and significant distress.


Phobia Meaning

The name of phobia is obtained by combining a Greek or Latin prefix describing phobia and phobia as a suffix.


Phobia Definition

A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear of something, an object, or a situation. The person or phobe develops an excessive fear and they try to avoid things, places, or situation that triggers the fear and panic.


Some people have phobias of things they haven’t even encountered in life like one has fear of snakes but has never seen one in real life. People are often aware that their fear is irrational but they can’t do anything about it. Is diagnosed if the symptoms are persistent for more than 6 years.


Phobia Causes

Phobias can be caused due to many factors like

  • Factors like
    • Genetic
    • Environmental
    • Traumatic experiences


  • Events like
    • Drowning
    • Being caught in a fire
    • Falling from a height
    • Being stuck in confined spaces or
    • Having uneventful meetings with an animal


  • People with past or ongoing medical conditions also have certain phobias or can develop them.
  • Substances like alcohol abuse & depression are also connected to phobias.


Types of Phobias

There are various types of phobias and one can have more than one type of phobia at the same time.

Phobias can be categorized mainly into 2 Types

  1. Simple/Specific Phobias
  2. Complex groups Phobias


1. Simple/Specific Phobias

Simple/specific phobias subtypes are recognized differently around the world - in the USA, According to DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed.), Simple/specific phobias fall into five categories:


The 5 Major Specific Phobia Categories

1. Natural Environment Phobias

Environmental phobias: Fear of natural environmental things: Phobia related to heights, thunder, and darkness.

Natural Environment Phobia

Hydrophobia Fear of water.
Astraphobia Fear of thunder and lightning.
Ombrophobia Fear of rain.
Dendrophobia Fear of trees


2. Animals Phobias

Animal Phobias: Fear of animals; Phobia related to animals, birds, and insects.

Animals Phobia

Cynophobia Fear of dogs.


Fear of horses.
Ranidaphobia Fear of frogs.
Batrachophobia Fear of amphibians.


3. Mutilation or Medical Treatment Phobias

Bodily Phobias: Fear of blood, injury, or medical terms including blood or having shots.

Medical Phobia

Trypanophobia Fear of injections or needles.
Dentophobia Fear of dentists or dental procedures
Hemophobia Fear of blood.
Iatrophobia Fear to doctors or medical treatment.


4. Situations Phobias

Situational phobias: Fear of being in specific situations

Situations Phobia

Claustrophobia Fear of confined spaces.
Globophobia Fear of balloons or inflatable objects.
Agoraphobia Fear of open or crowded spaces.
Hodophobia Fear of travel or road travel.


5. Other Phobias

Other phobias: like fear of choking, certain foods, loud noises, and drowning.

Situations Phobia


Fear of Choking.

Thalassophobia Fear of the sea or deep bodies of water.
Cibophobia Fear of food.

Fear of Loud Noises.


Types of Specific Phobias - Drlogy


2. Complex Phobias

Complex phobias are often more debilitating than simple/specific phobias, having more of a pronounced effect in terms of daily life.

These include:

  • Fear of certain places, situations, or open spaces - Agoraphobia
  • Fear of social situations - Social phobia


These categories include many more phobias of objects or situations. There is no official list that includes all phobias. Researchers create names for them as they study and discover them.


500+ Different Types of Phobias

The detailed list of phobias from A to Z known to date are:

List of Phobias Definition or Meaning
Ablutophobia Fear of bathing or washing.
Acarophobia Fear of insects that cause itching or mites.
Acerophobia Fear of sourness.
Achievemephobia Fear of success or achieving success.
Achondroplasiaphobia Fear of individuals with dwarfism.
Acidophobia Fear of acidic substances or the sour taste.
Acrophobia Fear of heights.
Aeroacrophobia Fear of open high places.
Aeronausiphobia Fear of vomiting while flying.
Aerophobia Fear of flying.
Afrophobia Fear or discrimination against people of African descent.
Agateophobia Fear of insanity.
Agliophobia Fear of pain.
Agoraphobia Fear of open or crowded spaces.
Agraphobia Fear of sexual abuse.
Agrizoophobia Fear of wild animals.
Agyrophobia Fear of crossing the road.
Aichmophobia Fear of needles or sharp objects.
Ailurophobia Fear of cats.
Albanophobia Fear or discrimination against Albanians.
Albuminurophobia Fear of kidney disease.
Alektorophobia Fear of chickens.
Algophobia Fear of pain.
Alliumphobia Fear of garlic.
Allodoxaphobia Fear of opinions.
Altophobia Fear of heights.
Amathophobia Fear of dust.
Amaxophobia Fear of riding in a vehicle.
Amnesiphobia Fear of amnesia or memory loss.
Amychophobia Fear of scratches or being scratched.
Anablephobia Fear of looking up.
Anatidaephobia Fear that somewhere, somehow, a duck is watching you.
Androphobia Fear of men.
Anemophobia Fear of wind.
Anginophobia Fear of angina or choking.
Anglophobia Fear or hatred towards England or English culture.
Angrophobia Fear of anger.
Ankylophobia Fear of immobility or being unable to move.
Anthophobia Fear of flowers.
Anthrophobia Fear of people.
Anthropophobia Fear of people. Being afraid of people in all situations.
Antlophobia Fear of floods.
Anuptaphobia Fear of staying single or unmarried.
Apeirophobia Fear of infinity or endlessness.
Aphenphosmphobia The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.
Apiphobia Fear of bees.
Apotemnophobia Fear of amputation or amputees.
Aquaphobia Fear of water.
Arachibutyrophobia Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.
Arachnophobia Fear of spiders.
Arithmophobia Fear of numbers or arithmetic.
Arrhenphobia Fear of men or masculinity.
Arsonphobia Fear of fire or arson.
Asthenophobia Fear of weakness or fainting.
Astraphobia Fear of thunder and lightning.
Astrophobia Fear of celestial objects or outer space.
Asymmetriphobia Fear of asymmetrical things.
Ataxiophobia Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Ataxophobia Fear of disorder or untidiness.
Atelophobia Fear of imperfection..
Atephobia Fear of ruin or ruins.
Athazagoraphobia Fear of being forgotten or ignored.
Atomosophobia Fear of atomic explosions or atomic energy.
Atychiphobia Fear of failure.
Aulophobia Fear of flutes or certain types of sounds.
Aurophobia Fear of gold.
Auroraphobia Fear of the Northern Lights or the dawn.
Autodysomophobia Fear of one's own unpleasant body odor.
Automatonophobia Fear of humanoid figures or anything that resembles a human being, such as mannequins or robots.
Automysophobia Fear of being dirty.
Autophobia Fear of being alone or isolated.
Aviophobia Fear of flying.
Bacteriophobia Fear of bacteria.
Ballistophobia Fear of missiles or bullets.
Balloon Phobia Fear of balloons.
Bananaphobia Fear of bananas.
Barophobia Fear of gravity.
Basiphobia Fear of falling.
Basophobia Fear of falling.
Bathmophobia Fear of stairs or steep slopes.
Bathophobia Fear of depths or deep objects or situations.
Batophobia Fear of being close to tall buildings or high structures.
Batrachophobia Fear of amphibians.
Belonephobia Fear of pins and needles.
Bibliophobia Fear of books.
Biphobia Fear or prejudice against bisexuality or bisexual individuals.
Blood Phobia Fear of blood.
Blood-injection-injury Type Phobia Fear of blood, injections, or injuries.
Bogyphobia Fear of bogeys or the boogeyman.
Bolshephobia Fear or hatred of Bolsheviks or communism.
Botanophobia Fear of plants.
Bromidrosiphobia Fear of body odor.
Bufonophobia Fear of toads.
Cacomorphobia Fear of deformed people or objects.
Cacophobia Fear of ugliness.
Caligynephobia Fear of beautiful women.
Cancerophobia Fear of cancer.
Carcinophobia Fear of cancer.
Cardiophobia Fear of the heart or heart disease.
Carnophobia Fear of meat.
Catagelophobia Fear of being ridiculed or embarrassed.
Catapedaphobia Fear of jumping from high places.
Cathisophobia Fear of sitting.
Catoptrophobia Fear of mirrors.
Chaetophobia Fear of hair.
Chemophobia Fear of chemicals.
Cherophobia Fear of happiness.
Chionophobia Fear of snow.
Chiraptophobia Fear of being touched.
Chirophobia Fear of hands.
Chiroptophobia Fear of bats.
Cholerophobia Fear of anger.
Chorophobia Fear of dancing.
Christianophobia Fear or aversion towards Christianity or Christians.
Chrometophobia Fear of money.
Chromophobia Fear of colors.
Chronomentrophobia Fear of clocks.
Chronophobia Fear of time.
Cibophobia Fear of food..
Claustrophobia Fear of confined spaces..
Cleptophobia Fear of stealing or being stolen from.
Climacophobia Fear of stairs or climbing.
Clithrophobia Fear of being enclosed in a small space or being unable to escape.
Cnidophobia Fear of stings.
Coasterphobia Fear of roller coasters.
Coimetrophobia Fear of cemeteries.
Cometophobia Fear of comets.
Consecotaleophobia Fear of chopsticks.
Contreltophobia Fear of sexual abuse.
Coprastasophobia Fear of constipation or defecation.
Coprophobia Fear of feces.
Coulrophobia Fear of clowns.
Counterphobia An unusual condition where a person seeks out the object of their fear.
Cremnophobia Fear of cliffs.
Cryophobia Fear of extreme cold or ice.
Crystallophobia Fear of crystals or glass.
Cyberphobia Fear of computers.
Cyclophobia Fear of bicycles
Cymophobia Fear of waves or wave-like motions
Cynophobia Fear of dogs
Cypridophobia Fear of venereal disease
Decidophobia Fear of making decisions
Defecaloesiophobia Fear of painful bowel movements
Deipnophobia Fear of dining or dinner conversations
Dementophobia Fear of going insane or losing one's mind
Demonophobia Fear of demons or evil spirits
Demophobia Fear of crowds or people
Dendrophobia Fear of trees
Dentophobia Fear of dentists or dental procedures
Dermatosiophobia Fear of skin disease
Dextrophobia Fear of objects at the right side of the body
Diabetophobia Fear of diabetes or becoming diabetic
Didaskaleinophobia Fear of school.
Dikephobia Fear of justice
Dinophobia Fear of dizziness or whirlpools
Diplophobia Fear of double vision
Dipsophobia Fear of drinking
Dishabiliophobia Fear of undressing in front of someone or undressing others
Disposophobia Fear of getting rid of or throwing things away
Domatophobia Fear of houses or being inside a house
Doraphobia Fear of fur or skins of animals
Doxophobia Fear of expressing opinions or receiving praise
Driving Phobia Fear of driving or being a passenger in a vehicle
Dromophobia Fear of crossing roads or streets
Dutchphobia Fear or aversion towards Dutch culture or people
Dysmorphophobia Fear of having a distorted or abnormal body image
Dystychiphobia Fear of accidents or experiencing a catastrophe
Ecclesiophobia Fear of churches or religious settings
Ecophobia Fear of the environment or nature
Electrophobia Fear of electricity or electric shocks
Eleutherophobia Fear of freedom or the concept of liberty
Emetophobia Fear of vomiting or seeing others vomit
Enochlophobia Fear of crowds or gatherings
Enosiophobia Fear of criticism or being judged negatively
Entomophobia Fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.
Ephebiphobia Fear or aversion towards teenagers or youth
Epistaxiophobia Fear of nosebleeds
Epistemophobia Fear of knowledge or learning
Equinophobia Fear of horses
Ereuthrophobia Fear of blushing or turning red
Ergophobia Fear of work or functioning in a work environment
Erotophobia Fear or aversion towards sexual content or sexual themes
Erythrophobia Fear of the color red
Euphobia Fear of hearing good news or experiencing happiness
Eurotophobia Fear of female genitalia
Febriphobia Fear of fever
Francophobia Fear or aversion towards French culture or people
Frigophobia Fear of cold temperatures or feeling cold
Galeophobia Fear of sharks
Gamophobia Fear of commitment or getting married
Geliophobia Fear of laughter or being laughed at
Gelotophobia Fear of being ridiculed or laughed at
Geniophobia Fear of chins or facial hair
Genophobia Fear of sexual intercourse or sexual activity
Genuphobia Fear of knees or kneeling
Gephyrophobia Fear of bridges or crossing them
Gerascophobia Fear of aging or growing old
Germanophobia Fear or aversion towards German culture or people
Gerontophobia Fear of the elderly or aging
Geumaphobia Fear of taste or tasting new foods
Globophobia Fear of balloons or inflatable objects
Glossophobia Fear of public speaking or giving speeches
Gnosiophobia Fear of knowledge or intelligence
Graphophobia Fear of writing or handwriting
Gymnophobia Fear of nudity or being naked
Gynephobia Fear or aversion towards women
Gynophobia Fear of women
Hadephobia Fear of hell or the concept of the underworld
Hagiophobia Fear of saints or holy things
Halitophobia Fear of bad breath
Hamartophobia Fear of sinning or committing a moral wrong
Haphephobia Fear of being touched or touching others
Harpaxophobia Fear of being robbed or stolen from
Hedonophobia Fear of pleasure or experiencing joy.
Heliophobia Fear of sunlight or bright lights.
Hellenologophobia Fear of Greek terminology or complex scientific terms.
Hemophobia Fear of blood or medical procedures involving blood.
Heresyphobia Fear of heresy or holding unorthodox beliefs.
Herpetophobia Fear of reptiles or amphibians.
Heterophobia Fear of heterosexual individuals or opposite-sex relationships.
Hexakosioihexe - kontahexaphobia Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia is the Fear of the number 666 or the biblical "mark of the beast."
Hierophobia Fear of sacred or holy things.
Hinduphobia Fear or aversion towards Hinduism or its followers.
Hippopotomon - strosesquippedalio - phobia  Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words. Believe it or not, it’s real.
Hispanophobia Fear or prejudice against Hispanic culture, people, or the Spanish language.
Hobophobia Fear of bums or beggars.
Hodophobia Fear of travel or road travel.
Homilophobia Fear of sermons or public speaking.
Hominophobia Fear of human beings or anthropophobia.
Homophobia Fear, hatred, or prejudice towards homosexuality or LGBT+ individuals.
Hoplophobia Fear of firearms or guns.
Hormephobia Fear of shock or being startled.
Hydrargyophobia Fear of mercury.
Hydrophobia Fear of water or drowning.
Hydrophobophobia Fear of developing a fear of water.
Hyelophobia Fear of glass or being afraid of glass breaking.
Hygrophobia Fear of humidity or dampness.
Hylephobia Fear of materialism or fear of epilepsy.
Hylophobia Fear of forests or wood.
Hypengyophobia Fear of responsibility or making decisions.
Hypnophobia Fear of sleep or being hypnotized.
Hypochondria Excessive fear or anxiety about having a serious medical condition.
Hypsiphobia Fear of heights or acrophobia.
Iatrophobia Fear or aversion to doctors or medical treatment.
Ichthyophobia Fear of fish.
Ideophobia Fear of ideas or thoughts.
Illyngophobia Fear of vertigo or dizziness.
Indophobia Fear or aversion towards India or Indian culture.
Insectophobia Fear of insects.
Iophobia Fear of poison.
Iranophobia Fear or aversion towards Iran or Iranian culture.
Islamophobia Fear, prejudice, or discrimination against Islam or Muslims.
Isopterophobia Fear of termites or insects that eat wood.
Japanophobia Fear or aversion towards Japan or Japanese culture.
Judeophobia Fear or hatred of Jews or anti-Semitism.
Kakorrhaphiophobia Fear of failure or defeat.
Katagelophobia Fear of ridicule or being embarrassed
Katsaridaphobia Fear of cockroaches.
Kenophobia Fear of empty spaces or voids.
Kinemortophobia Fear of zombies or the undead.
Kinetophobia Fear of movement or motion.
Koinoniphobia Fear of rooms or enclosed spaces.
Kolpophobia Fear of genitals or sexual intercourse.
Kopophobia Fear of fatigue or exhaustion.
Koryophobia Fear of toilets or using public restrooms.
Kosmikophobia Fear of cosmic phenomena or the universe.
Koumpounophobia Fear of buttons.
Kynophobia Fear of dogs.
Kyphophobia Fear of hunchbacks or a stooped posture.
Lachanophobia Fear of vegetables.
Laliophobia Fear of speaking or talking.
Latinophobia Fear or aversion to Latin language or culture.
Lepidopterophobia Fear of butterflies or moths.
Leprophobia Fear of leprosy or lepers.
Lesbophobia Fear or prejudice against lesbianism or lesbians.
Leukophobia Fear of the color white.
Levophobia Fear of objects on the left side of the body.
Ligyrophobia Fear of loud noises.
Lilapsophobia Fear of tornadoes or hurricanes.
Limnophobia Fear of lakes or large bodies of water.
Linonophobia Fear of strings or thread.
Lipophobia Fear of fats or oils.
Liticaphobia Fear of lawsuits or legal action.
Lockiophobia Fear of childbirth or pregnancy.
Logophobia Fear of words or speaking.
Luiphobia Fear of lues (syphilis).
Lusophobia Fear of lice or infestation.
Lutraphobia Fear of otters.
Lyssophobia Fear of rabies or becoming mad.
Macrophobia Fear of long waits or large objects.
Mageirocophobia Fear of cooking or preparing food.
Maieusiophobia Fear of childbirth.
Malaxophobia Fear of being touched or hugged.
Maniaphobia Fear of insanity or going insane.
Masklophobia Fear of masks or costumes.
Mastigophobia Fear of punishment or being flogged.
Mechanophobia Fear of machines or technology.
Medication Phobia Fear or aversion to taking medication.
Medomalacuphobia Fear of losing an erection.
Megalophobia Fear of large objects or things.
Melanophobia Fear of the color black.
Melissophobia Fear of bees.
Melophobia Fear of music.
Meningitophobia Fear of meningitis.
Menophobia Fear of menstruation or menstrual cycles.
Merinthophobia Fear of being bound or tied up.
Metallophobia Fear of metal.
Metathesiophobia Fear of change.
Meteorophobia Fear of meteors or meteorites.
Methyphobia Fear of alcohol.
Metrophobia Fear of subways or public transportation.
Microbiophobia Fear of germs or microbes.
Microphobia Fear of small things
Mnemophobia Fear of memories or remembering things.
Molysmophobia Fear of dirt or contamination.
Monopathophobia Fear of contracting a single specific disease
Monophobia Fear of being alone.
Motorphobia Fear of movement or of motor-driven objects.
Mottephobia Fear of moths.
Musophobia Fear of mice or rats.
Mycophobia Fear of mushrooms.
Mycrophobia Fear of small things.
Myctophobia Fear of darkness.
Myrmecophobia Fear of ants.
Mysophobia Fear of germs or dirt.
Mythophobia Fear of myths or stories.
Myxophobia Fear of slime.
Nebulaphobia Fear of fog.
Necrophobia Fear of death or corpses.
Negrophobia Fear or prejudice towards people of African descent.
Nelophobia Fear of glass.
Neopharmaphobia Fear of new drugs or medicine.
Neophobia Fear of anything new or unfamiliar.
Nephophobia Fear of clouds.
Nipponophobia Fear or aversion towards Japan or Japanese culture.
Noctiphobia Fear of the night or darkness.
Nomatophobia Fear of names.
Nomophobia Fear of being without mobile phone.
Nosocomephobia Fear of hospitals.
Nosophobia Fear of contracting a specific disease.
Nostophobia Fear of returning to a familiar place.
Novercaphobia Fear of stepmothers.
Nucleomituphobia Fear of nuclear weapons.
Nudophobia Fear of nudity..
Numerophobia Fear of numbers.
Nyctohylophobia Fear of dark wooded areas.
Nyctophobia Fear of darkness or night.
Obesophobia Fear of gaining weight or becoming obese.
Ochlophobia Fear of crowds.
Ochophobia Fear of vehicles.
Octophobia Fear of the number eight or the figure eight.
Oenophobia Fear of wine.
Olfactophobia Fear of smells or odors.
Ombrophobia Fear of rain or being rained on.
Ommetaphobia Fear of eyes.
Omphalophobia Fear of belly buttons.
Oneirogmophobia Fear of wet dreams.
Oneirophobia Fear of dreams.
Onomatophobia Fear of certain words or names.
Ophidiophobia Fear of snakes.
Ophthalmophobia Fear of being stared at.
Opiophobia Fear of taking or using opioids.
Optophobia Fear of opening one's eyes.
Ornithophobia Fear of birds.
Orthophobia Fear of straight lines or correct positions.
Osmophobia Fear of smells or odors.
Ostraconophobia Fear of shellfish.
Ouranophobia Fear of heaven or the sky.
Pagophobia Fear of ice or frost.
Panophobia Fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen.
Panphobia Fear of everything or a fear of experiencing fear itself.
Papaphobia Fear of the Pope or the papacy.
Papyrophobia Fear of paper.
Paralipophobia Fear of neglecting responsibility or fear of responsibility itself.
Paraphobia Fear of sexual perversion.
Parasitophobia Fear of parasites, often involving an extreme aversion to insects, ticks, or other parasitic organisms.
Paraskevid - ekatriaphobia Paraskevidekatriaphobia refers to the fear of Friday the 13th.
Parthenophobia Fear of virgins or young girls.
Parturiphobia Fear of childbirth.
Pathophobia Fear of disease or suffering.
Patroiophobia Fear of one's ancestors.
Peccatophobia Fear of sinning or the fear of punishment for sin.
Pediculophobia Fear of lice.
Pediophobia Fear of dolls.
Pedophobia Fear of children.
Peladophobia Fear of baldness or fear of becoming bald.
Pellagrophobia Fear of pellagra, a nutritional deficiency disease.
Peniaphobia Fear of poverty or being poor.
Pentheraphobia Fear of mother-in-law.
Phagophobia Fear of swallowing or the fear of choking.
Phalacrophobia Fear of becoming bald.
Phallophobia Fear of a penis or an erect penis.
Pharmacophobia Fear of taking medicine or medication.
Phasmophobia Fear of ghosts or supernatural entities.
Phengophobia Fear of daylight or sunlight.
Philemaphobia Fear of kissing or being kissed.
Philophobia Fear of falling in love or emotional attachment.
Phobophobia Fear of developing a phobia or the fear of fear itself.
Phonophobia Fear of loud sounds or noises.
Photoaugliaphobia Fear of glaring lights or excessively bright lights.
Photophobia Fear of light, especially bright light.
Phronemophobia Fear of thinking or reasoning.
Placophobia Fear of tombstones or cemeteries.
Plutophobia Fear of wealth or money.
Pluviophobia Fear of rain or being rained on.
Pneumatiphobia Fear of spirits or ghosts.
Pnigophobia Fear of choking or suffocating.
Podophobia Fear of feet or being touched by feet.
Pogonophobia Fear of beards or facial hair.
Poinephobia Fear of punishment or being punished.
Poliosophobia Fear of contracting polio or fear of polio-related objects.
Politicophobia Fear or aversion towards politics or politicians.
Polonophobia Fear or dislike of Polish people or things related to Poland.
Polyphobia Fear of many things or everything.
Ponophobia Fear of overworking or becoming exhausted.
Pornophobia Fear or aversion towards pornography.
Porphyrophobia Fear of the color purple or objects colored purple.
Potamophobia Fear of rivers or running water.
Potophobia Fear of alcohol or alcoholic beverages.
Psellismophobia Fear of stuttering or stammering.
Pseudodysphagia Fear of choking or swallowing solid food.
Psychophobia Fear of the mind or psychological factors.
Pteridophobia Fear of ferns
Pteromerhanophobia Fear of flying or boarding an aircraft.
Pteronophobia Fear of feathers or being touched by feathers.
Pupaphobia Fear of puppets or marionettes.
Pyrexiophobia Fear of fever or developing a fever.
Pyrophobia Fear of fire or being burned.
Quadriplegiphobia Fear of becoming quadriplegic or fear of quadriplegics.
Quintaphobia Fear of the number five.
Radiophobia Fear of radiation or radioactivity.
Ranidaphobia Fear of frogs.
Rectophobia Fear of rectal diseases or fear of rectal examination.
Rhabdophobia Fear of being severely punished or beaten.
Rhypophobia Fear of defecation or fear of filth.
Rhytiphobia Fear of wrinkles or aging.
Roller Coaster Phobia Fear of riding roller coasters or amusement park rides.
Rupophobia Fear of dirt or contamination.
Russophobia Fear or hatred of Russians or Russian culture.
Samhainophobia Fear of Halloween or the festival of Samhain.
Satanophobia Fear of Satan or the devil.
Scabiophobia Fear of scabies or infestation by mites.
Scatophobia Fear of fecal matter or fear of soiling oneself.
Scelerophobia Fear of crime or burglars.
Sciophobia Fear of shadows.
Scoleciphobia Fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.
Scolionophobia Fear of school.
Scopophobia Fear of being stared at or watched.
Scotomaphobia Fear of blindness or going blind.
Scriptophobia Fear of writing in public or in general.
Selachophobia Fear of sharks.
Selaphobia Fear of light flashes or bright lights.
Selenophobia Fear of the moon.
Seplophobia Fear of decaying matter.
Shiaphobia Fear of Shia Islam or Shia Muslims.
Siderodromophobia Fear of trains or railroads.
Siderophobia Fear of stars.
Sidonglobophobia Fear of cotton balls.
Sinistrophobia Fear of left-handedness or things on the left.
Sinophobia Fear or prejudice against China or Chinese culture.
Soceraphobia Fear of parents-in-law.
Social Phobia Fear of social situations or being judged by others.
Sociophobia Fear of society or social interactions.
Somniphobia Fear of sleep.
Sophophobia Fear of learning or knowledge.
Soteriophobia Fear of dependence on others.
Spacephobia Fear of outer space or space travel.
Spectrophobia Fear of ghosts or specters.
Spermatophobia Fear of sperm or germs.
Spheksophobia Fear of wasps.
Stasibasiphobia Fear of standing or walking.
Staurophobia Fear of crosses or crucifixes.
Stenophobia Fear of narrow places or confined spaces.
Stygiophobia Fear of hell or the underworld.
Submechanophobia Fear of submerged man-made objects.
Sunniphobia Fear of the sun or sunlight.
Symbolophobia Fear of symbols or symbolism.
Symmetrophobia Fear of symmetry or asymmetry.
Syngenesophobia Fear of relatives or family members
Syphilophobia Fear of syphilis
Tachophobia Fear of speed
Taeniophobia Fear of tapeworms
Taphephobia Fear of being buried alive
Taphophobia Fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.
Tapinophobia Fear of being pinned down or confined
Taurophobia Fear of bulls
Technophobia Fear or aversion to technology or complex devices
Teleophobia Fear of definite plans or making telephone calls
Telephone Phobia Fear or anxiety related to using the telephone
Telephonophobia Fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.
Teratophobia Fear of bearing or seeing deformed or monstrous infants
Testophobia Fear of taking tests or examinations
Tetanophobia Fear of lockjaw or tetanus infection
Tetraphobia Fear of the number four
Teutophobia Fear or aversion to German people or culture
Textophobia Fear or aversion to certain words or specific types of written text
Thaasophobia Fear of sitting or being idle
Thalassophobia Fear of the sea or deep bodies of water
Thanatophobia Fear of death or the process of dying
Theatrophobia Fear of theaters or stage performances
Theologicophobia Fear or aversion to theology or religious discussions
Theophobia Fear of gods or deities
Thermophobia Fear of heat or high temperatures
Tocophobia Fear of childbirth or pregnancy
Tokophobia Fear of childbirth or becoming pregnant
Tomophobia Fear of surgery or surgical procedures
Tonitrophobia Fear of thunder
Topophobia Fear of certain places or specific locations
Toxiphobia Fear of being poisoned or toxins
Transphobia Fear, prejudice, or discrimination towards transgender individuals
Traumatophobia Fear or aversion to trauma or traumatic events
Tremophobia Fear of trembling or feeling shaky
Trichinophobia Fear of contracting trichinosis or parasites
Triskaidekaphobia Fear of the number thirteen
Tropophobia Fear of change or making changes
Trypanophobia Fear of injections or needles
Trypophobia Fear of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps
Tuberculophobia Fear of tuberculosis or contracting the disease
Turcophobia Fear or aversion to Turkish people or culture
Tyrannophobia Fear of tyrants or oppressive authority
Urophobia Fear of urine or urinating in public
Vaccinophobia Fear or aversion to vaccinations or receiving vaccines
Vehophobia Fear or anxiety related to driving or being in a vehicle
Venustraphobia Fear of beautiful women
Verbophobia Fear of words or speaking
Verminophobia Fear of germs
Vermiphobia Fear of worms
Vestiphobia Fear of clothing
Virginitiphobia Fear or anxiety related to virginity or sexual inexperience
Vitricophobia Fear of glass
Walloonphobia Fear or aversion towards individuals from the Walloon-speaking region of Belgium, their culture, or the Walloon language.
Wiccaphobia Fear or anxiety associated with Wicca, a modern pagan religious movement that emphasizes nature worship and witchcraft.
Workplace Phobia Fear of the work environment, including job-related tasks, interactions, or expectations.
Xanthophobia Fear of the color yellow.
Xenoglossophobia Fear or anxiety associated with foreign or unknown languages.
Xenophobia Fear, aversion, or prejudice towards individuals from foreign countries or cultures.
Xerophobia Fear or aversion to dryness or arid environments.
Xylophobia Fear of wooden objects or forests.
Xyrophobia Fear or aversion to razors or sharp objects.
Zelophobia Fear of jealousy or envy.
Zemmiphobia Fear or aversion towards the idea of the great mole rat or mole rat species.
Zeusophobia Fear or anxiety associated with thunder and lightning.
Zoophobia Fear or aversion towards animals or specific types of animals.



There is no single form of treatment for specific phobias. Medication, therapy or both are used to treat phobia and its symptoms:


Only symptoms can be managed with

  • Tranquilizers (benzodiazepines),
  • Anti-anxiety drugs (beta-blockers) and/or
  • Antidepressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors).

These medications may be recommended by your doctor to reduce anxiety during phobia in exposure therapy.


Exposure Therapy

In this type of cognitive behavioral therapy, you learn to treat and better manage yourself during the onset of phobia, sometimes purposefully exposing yourself to the object or situation that affects the phobia.

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) - A talking therapy designed to assist individuals overcome problems with a tailored plan of action.
  • Hypnotherapy - might not be a standard method of treatment suggested by health practitioners, but some individuals have found that it helps relieve symptoms of specific phobias.



Individuals could also be able to manage the symptoms of their phobia through various self-help methods, like as practicing relaxation techniques or mindfulness.

Treatments could also be prescribed in isolation or as part of a combined approach. In time, and with the proper treatment, most people can expect to make significant progress in managing or overcoming specific phobias.


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Phobias FAQ

How many types of Specific Phobias are there?

According to the DSM-5, specific phobias typically fall within 5 general categories:

  1. Fears related to animals: Spiders, dogs, insects, horses, amphibians & frogs.
  2. Fears related to the natural environment: Heights, Rain, thunder & darkness.
  3. Fears related to blood, injury, or medical issues: Injections, broken bones, blood, medical treatment & falls.
  4. Fears related to specific situations: Flying, riding an elevator, traveling & driving.
  5. Other: Fear of choking, loud noises & drowning.

What is the world's most famous phobia?

Arachnophobia: Fear of spiders or arachnids

Arachnophobia is possibly the most well-known of all phobias. It affects roughly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men.

What is the longest phobia?

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia : Fear of long words.

It is one of the longest phobia words in the dictionary.

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