Phobia treatment through the online platform - A case report


Phobia is fear connected with some object, situation, place or activity. Criteria for a specific phobia are that the fear is caused by a specific stimulus (e.g. dog, snake), that facing this stimulus produces avoiding behavior, and that the fear is irrational and so excessive that it negatively affects everyday life (de Jongh & ten Broeke 2007). The same authors state that that the prevalence of phobias is over 10%. In the new DSM 5 one of the criteria is that fear, anxiety or avoidance last for at least 6 months. The prevalence of the specific phobia for 13-17 year-olds is 16%, and is higher than the prevalence among children (5%) or adults (7%-9% in the USA; 6% in the EU; 2%-4% in Asia, Africa and Latin America) (DSM 5 2017). Classifications of Mental Disorders include five types of phobias (animal, natural environment, situational, bloodinjuries-injections, other types) while the statistical analysis of epidemiological data identifies three groups of phobias: situational, animal, and mutilation type (De Jongh & Ten Broeke 2007).






Sedin Habibović

Original Work Citation

Habibović, S. (2018). Phobia treatment through the online platform - A case report. Psychiatria Danubina, 30(Supplement. 5), S330-S332. Presentation at the 1st EMDR Conference (2017, November) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Sarajevo



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