ICD-10-CM Code F40.232

Fear of other medical care

Version 2021 Billable Code

Valid for Submission

F40.232 is a billable code used to specify a medical diagnosis of fear of other medical care. The code is valid for the fiscal year 2021 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. The ICD-10-CM code F40.232 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like dental phobia, fear about medication side effects, fear associated with healthcare, fear of anesthetic, fear of awareness under general anesthetic, fear of dentist, etc

ICD-10:F40.232
Short Description:Fear of other medical care
Long Description:Fear of other medical care

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 F40.232 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:

  • Dental phobia
  • Fear about medication side effects
  • Fear associated with healthcare
  • Fear of anesthetic
  • Fear of awareness under general anesthetic
  • Fear of dentist
  • Fear of general anesthetic
  • Fear of hospitals
  • Fear of local anesthetic
  • Fear of medical treatment
  • Fear of not coping with treatment
  • Fear of not waking from general anesthetic
  • Fear of problem after anesthetic
  • Unrealistic dental phobia

Convert F40.232 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
  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021

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

  • Agoraphobia (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Phobia - simple/specific (Medical Encyclopedia)
  • Social phobia (Medical Encyclopedia)

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