ophidiophobia

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ophidiophobia

[ä¦fid·ē·ō′fō·bē·ə]
(psychology)
An abnormal fear of snakes.
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-- Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Director of Penn's Child/Adolescent OCD, Tics, Trichotillomania, & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe) -- this webinar will discuss how specific phobias such as fear of snakes, heights and medical procedures are among the most common mental health issues, and that they are associated with significant anxiety and avoidance that can cause functional impairment.
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