What is it?
This is a specific phobia and is relatively common. A zoophobic person will feel panic, revulsion and symptoms of anxiety at the sight of their feared animal, and may go on to develop a fur phobia or, in extreme cases, agoraphobia.
DIY self diagnosis
If you feel anxious, tense and panicky at the sight of an animal, it is likely that you are suffering from zoophobia.
Other symptoms are:
• Panicking at the sight of the animal
• Fearing that an animal will somehow find its way into the house.
• Fearing that an animal will attack you.
• Recurrent nightmares about animals and being attacked by them.
• Having to cross the road in order to avoid being confronted by animals.
• Avoiding any places associated with animals being present – zoos, safari parks, parks and farms.
This fact sheet gives a detailed overview, as well as a look at some of the evidence based approaches to treating zoophobia.