an anxiety disorder that used to be called a simple phobia that was marked by a persistent fear of an object, activity or situation. The fear is unreasonable and excessive.

SPECIFIC PHOBIA: "A specific phobia relates to an animal, object or situation."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPECIFIC PHOBIA," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/specific-phobia/ (accessed April 13, 2021).