AP Style Phobia

AP Style holds that a “phobia” is an irrational, uncontrollable fear, often a form of mental illness. For example,

  • Acrophobia: a fear of heights
  • Claustrophobia: a fear of being in small, enclosed spaces
  • Arachnophobia, a fear of spiders

Do not use in political or social contexts. For example,

  • Homophobia
  • Islamophobia

See also AP Style Mental Illness.

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