Thank you for pursuing better mental health! Our online phobia test consists of 20 statements and should take you 5 to 10 minutes to complete.
Please answer each statement carefully and choose one correlating statement that best describes the way you've been feeling over the last one month. This online phobia test is a screening measure that can help you determine whether you might have a specific phobia that requires professional help.
Be honest for the most accurate results.
It’s important to note: These results are not a diagnosis and this quiz is not a diagnostic tool. However, you may benefit from a consultation with a licensed mental health professional if you are experiencing difficulties in daily life. Mental health disorders should only be diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional.
Too often people stop short of seeking help due to fears that their concerns are not severe enough to warrant professional help. We urge you to reach out to a licensed professional after taking our online phobia test.
If you are in need of immediate assistance, please dial 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255
Please choose the extent you've experienced each of the following symptoms of a specific phobia:
Thank you for taking our phobia quiz! Below is a little bit more information about this disorder as well as links to mental health professionals who can help you.
What is a Specific Phobia?
Everyone is afraid of something. For example, it's normal to feel some anxiety when giving a presentation or doing something new. However, some people experience an unnatural level of anxiety or fear when confronted with even the thought of a specific thing or situation.
A specific phobia is an intense and irrational fear on a specific object or situation. Phobias are said to affect about 19 million adults, and women are two times more likely than men to have a specific phobia. Many times, a person with a specific phobia is also afraid of more than one object or situation. In fact, approximately 75% of people with a specific phobia fear more than one object or situation.
DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Specific Phobias
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or DSM-5, outlines that specific phobias, diagnosed by a medical professional, must meet the following criteria:
- Unreasonable, excessive fear: Marked fear or anxiety about a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, animals, seeing blood, or in this case, fear of needles).
- Immediate anxiety response: The phobic object or situation almost always provokes immediate fear or anxiety.
- Avoidance or extreme distress: The individual goes out of their way to avoid the object or situation, or endures it with extreme distress.
- Life-limiting: The fear, anxiety, or avoidance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
- Six months duration: The fear, anxiety, or avoidance is persistent, typically lasting for 6 months or more.
- Not caused by another disorder: The disturbance is not better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder, including fear, anxiety, and avoidance of situations associated with panic-like symptoms or other incapacitating symptoms (as in agoraphobia); objects or situations related to obsessions (as in obsessive-compulsive disorder); reminders of traumatic events (as in posttraumatic stress disorder); separation from home or attachment figures (as in separation anxiety disorder); or social situations (as in social anxiety disorder).
Treatment Available for Specific Phobias
One of the best forms of treatment for many specific phobias is a form of psychotherapy called exposure therapy. Exposure therapy is a type of psychotherapy treatment that focuses on changing a person’s response to the object or thing they fear. Gradual, repeated exposure to your fear can help a sufferer to learn ways to overcome their specific phobia. This technique is excellent for treating phobias.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy, or CBT, is another way mental health professionals treat specific phobias. CBT combines exposure therapy along with other techniques to teach a sufferer to learn ways to view and cope their specific phobia. CBT also teaches a sufferer new beliefs about their specific phobia so that they can develop a mastery and confidence over their thoughts and feelings rather than feeling overwhelmed.
Typically psychotherapy such as exposure therapy and CBT are enough for most phobia sufferers. However, sometimes medications can help reduce some of the side effects like anxiety or panic associated with a person’s phobia.
Some medications include:
- Antianxiety medications
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Having a specific phobia can be paralyzing for sufferers.
If you need help, there is hope! Reach out to a licensed mental health professional that treats phobias.
Common Types of Specific Phobias
Below are some common types of specific phobias. We will be adding to this list as we expand our resources on specific phobias.
Achluophobia is the fear of darkness.
Acrophobia is the fear of heights
Aerophobia is the Fear of flying
Algophobia is the fear of pain
Agoraphobia is the fear of open spaces or crowds
Aichmophobia is the fear of needles or pointed objects
Amaxophobia is the fear of riding in a car
Androphobia is the fear of men
Anginophobia is the fear of angina or choking
Anthrophobia is the fear of flowers
Anthropophobia is the fear of people or society
Aphenphosmphobia is the fear of being touched
Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders
Arithmophobia is the fear of numbers
Astraphobia is the fear of thunder and lightning
Ataxophobia is the fear of disorder or untidiness
Atelophobia is the fear of imperfection
Atychiphobia is the fear of failure
Automatonophobia is the fear of Human-Like Figures
Autophobia is the fear of being alone
Bacteriophobia is the fear of bacteria
Barophobia is the fear of gravity
Bathmophobia is the fear of stairs or steep slopes
Batrachophobia is the fear of amphibians
Belonephobia is the fear of pins and needles
Bibliophobia is the fear of books
Botanophobia is the fear of plants
Cacophobia is the fear of ugliness
Catagelophobia is the fear of being ridiculed
Catoptrophobia is the fear of mirrors
Chionophobia is the Fear of snow
Chromophobia is the fear of colors
Chronomentrophobia is the fear of clocks
Chronophobia is the fear of Time
Claustrophobia is the fear of confined spaces
Coulrophobia is the fear of clowns
Cyberphobia is the fear of computers
Cynophobia is the fear of dogs
Dendrophobia is the fear of trees
Dentophobia is the fear of dentists
Domatophobia is the fear of houses
Dystychiphobia is the fear of accidents
Ecophobia is the fear of the home
Elurophobia is the fear of cats
Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting
Entomophobia is the fear of insects
Ephebiphobia is the fear of teenagers
Equinophobia is the fear of horses
Gamophobia is the fear of marriage
Genuphobia is the fear of knees
Glossophobia is the fear of speaking in public
Gynophobia is the fear of women
Haphephobia is the fear of touch
Heliophobia is the fear of the sun
Hemophobia is the fear of blood
Herpetophobia is the fear of reptiles
Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words
Hydrophobia is the fear of water
Hypochondria is the fear of illness
Iatrophobia is the fear of doctors
Insectophobia is the fear of insects
Katsaridaphobia is the fear of Cockroaches
Koinoniphobia is the fear of rooms
Koumpounophobia is the fear of buttons
Leukophobia is the fear of the color white
Lilapsophobia is the fear of tornadoes and hurricanes
Lockiophobia is the fear of childbirth
Mageirocophobia is the fear of cooking
Megalophobia is the fear of large things
Melanophobia is the fear of the color black
Microphobia is the fear of small things
Mysophobia is the fear of dirt and germs
Necrophobia is the fear of death or dead things
Noctiphobia is the fear of the night
Nosocomephobia is the fear of hospitals
Nyctophobia is the fear of the dark
Obesophobia is the fear of gaining weight
Octophobia is the fear of the figure 8
Ombrophobia is the fear of rain
Ophidiophobia is the fear of snakes
Ornithophobia is the fear of birds
Papyrophobia is the fear of paper
Pathophobia is the fear of disease
Pedophobia is the fear of children
Philematophobia is the fear of Kissing
Philophobia is the fear of love
Phobophobia is the fear of phobias
Podophobia is the fear of feet
Porphyrophobia is the fear of the color purple
Pteridophobia is the fear of ferns
Pteromerhanophobia is the fear of flying
Pyrophobia is the fear of fire
Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween
Scolionophobia is the fear of school
Scoptophobia is the fear of being stared at
Selenophobia is the fear of the moon
Sociophobia is the fear of social evaluation
Somniphobia is the fear of sleep
Tachophobia is the fear of speed
Technophobia is the fear of technology
Tonitrophobia is the fear of thunder
Trypanophobia is the fear of needles/injections
Trypophobia is the fear of Holes
Venustraphobia is the fear of beautiful women
Verminophobia is the fear of germs
Wiccaphobia is the fear of witches and witchcraft
Xenophobia is the fear of strangers or foreigners
Zoophobia is the fear of animals