Aphobia is a type of anxiety disorder that is characterized by extreme and debilitating fear of an object, place, situation, or creature (usually insects) which is usually not dangerous. A person does not need to have direct contact with the thing they’re afraid of to experience symptoms. Even thinking about it can bring on anxiety or panic symptoms. This is called anticipatory anxiety.
Even though those who experience simple or specific phobias are often aware that these fears are irrational, they still encounter intense fear. For some, fears may only be triggered when in proximity, while for others, even the thought of being close is enough to bring on severe anxiety or a panic attack. Some people go to extreme lengths to avoid the triggers.
Because phobias can cause extreme anxiety, complications can occur and can cause significant impact on work, relationships, school, and more.