ICD-10-CM Code F40.228

Other natural environment type phobia

Version 2020 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

F40.228 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of other natural environment type phobia. The code is valid for the year 2020 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code F40.228 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like aerophobia or fear of natural phenomena or fear of water.

ICD-10:F40.228
Short Description:Other natural environment type phobia
Long Description:Other natural environment type phobia

Index to Diseases and Injuries

The Index to Diseases and Injuries is an alphabetical listing of medical terms, with each term mapped to one or more ICD-10 code(s). The following references for the code F40.228 are found in the index:


Synonyms

The following clinical terms are approximate synonyms or lay terms that might be used to identify the correct diagnosis code:

  • Aerophobia
  • Fear of natural phenomena
  • Fear of water

Convert F40.228 to ICD-9

  • 300.29 - Isolated/spec phobia NEC (Approximate Flag)

Code Classification

  • Mental and behavioural disorders (F00–F99)
    • Anxiety, dissociative, stress-related, somatoform and other nonpsychotic mental disorders (F40-F48)
      • Phobic anxiety disorders (F40)

Code History

  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016
    (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020

Information for Patients


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

  • Panic and fear
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trembling
  • A strong desire to get away

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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