An animal phobia is also known as zoophobia and hence is identified as a class of specific phobias, it is an irrational fear associated with non-human animals. Examples of specific animal phobias include the fear of bees which is apiphobia, fear of spiders which include, arachnophobia, birds which are ornithophobia, and snakes which are ophidiophobia. The father of psychology, Sigmund Freud confessed that animal phobia is one of the most important phobias that are associated with psychoneurotic frequently applicable in children, more than adults. It is known as irrational because at times the fear is in response to harmful, and terrifying stimuli, which is most likely to be threatening, such as wild dogs, dingoes, and coyotes. It is a phobia of animals, that causes distress or anxiety in an individual’s life.
The fear of animals is a specified phobia, and symptoms may include:
Excessive, or an increase in the irrational fear towards a specified object or thing or situation, that endures great distress, hence forcefully avoiding the situation. Physical symptoms of being exposed under this fearful situation may include panic attacks, pounding of heartbeats, nausea, diarrhea, sweating, trembling or shaking consistently. It may also feel like someone is choking you, or making you feel vulnerable, shortness of breath, or feeling dizzy may also mark as prevalent symptoms of the specified phobias.
It is noted that the National Institute of Mental Health estimates that 5%-12% have suffered through specified phobias, and hence it affects, an estimated number of 6.3 million adults. It is also noted, that these phobias are more common in women than men. They start prevailing through childhood, and adolescence but it not limited to all other ages.
Animal phobias are not diagnosed without empirical evidence, they are performed medically, and a set outline of symptoms are formed after a physical exam. Psychologists and psychiatrists will, however, be of good help when you need focused direction on how to get over the phobia you had. some techniques, to get through animal phobias, and other specified phobias is through, exposure therapies, cognitive behavioral therapies, and various medications as well.