F40.21 - Animal type phobia

Version 2023
ICD-10:F40.21
Short Description:Animal type phobia
Long Description:Animal type phobia
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders (F40-F48)
      • Phobic anxiety disorders (F40)

F40.21 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of animal type phobia. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Animal type phobia

Non-specific codes like F40.21 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for animal type phobia:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F40.210 for Arachnophobia
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use F40.218 for Other animal type phobia

Patient Education


Phobias

A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder. It is a strong, irrational fear of something that poses little or no real danger.

There are many specific phobias. Acrophobia is a fear of heights. Agoraphobia is a fear of public places, and claustrophobia is a fear of closed-in places. If you become anxious and extremely self-conscious in everyday social situations, you could have a social phobia. Other common phobias involve tunnels, highway driving, water, flying, animals and blood.

People with phobias try to avoid what they are afraid of. If they cannot, they may experience:

Phobias usually start in children or teens, and continue into adulthood. The causes of specific phobias are not known, but they sometimes run in families.

Treatment helps most people with phobias. Options include medicines, therapy or both.

NIH: National Institute of Mental Health


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