LIFE WITH PHOBIAS
Phobia is an excessive fear of any situation or object. The effective person goes to great lengths to avoid the situation. If that particular situation, place or thing is not kept away from the Phobic person, he may get overwhelming feelings of anxiety or a panic attack. The word “PHOBIA” comes from a Greek word “PHOBOS” meaning aversion.
HOW PHOBIAS DEVELOP?
Studies show that the majority of phobias develop during early childhood. It may be caused because of stressful situations or some frightening events. Usually, adults do not get Phobias as they have already seen the ups and downs of life and can better cope up with difficult circumstances as compared to kids.
The symptoms of Phobia are as follows:
Shortness of breath
Pain or tightness in the chest
A headache and dizziness
Confusion or disorientation
TYPES OF PHOBIA:
ACROPHOBIA (Fear of Heights)
Acrophobia is an extreme fear of heights. People with Acrophobia can experience a panic attack in high places and becomes very difficult for them to come back to a safe place. Approximately 2-5% of the world population is suffering from Acrophobia and women are two times more than men. Many different types of medications are used all around the world to cure this disease including Benzodiazepines. Famous American singer and songwriter Sheryl Crow is a victim to Acrophobia. She says “Heights frighten me most”.
ARACHNOPHOBIA (FEAR OF SPIDERS)
Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders. People with Arachnophobia feel uneasy in places which harbor spiders or where there are visible chances of Spiders. Some people have emotional outbursts and difficulty in breathing when they see Spiders or their webs. Phobias affect more than ten people in the US and about 40% of them suffer from Arachnophobia. Victims can get rid of this disease by starting with a toy spider or pictures of spider or by increasing interaction with spiders.
CYNOPHOBIA (FEAR OF DOGS):
Most people with Cynophobia had an early traumatic experience with dogs such as being bitten or witnessing a family member being attacked by a Dog. Cynophobia is more common in females as compared to males. Studies show that 75-90% of animal phobias are reported among females.
Anthropophobia is an extreme form of shyness and timidity. It can be best described as the fear of people in crowded situations. Some cases can be handled easily while others may get an extreme social withdrawal which can cause serious problems in their lives.
SOME OTHER PHOBIAS:
Ablutophobia (Fear of washing or taking bath)
Algophobia (Fear of pain)
Amaxophobia (Fear of riding a car)
Arsonphobia (Fear of fire)
Atelophobia (Fear of imperfection)
Bacteriophobia (Fear of Bacteria)
Botanophobia (Fear of plants)
Cacophobia (Fear of ugliness)
Decidophobia (Fear of making decisions)
Euphobia (Fear of hearing good news)
SOME PHOBIC CELEBRITIES:
Michael Jackson had fear of flies.
Orlando Bloom is scared of pigs.
Billy Bob is afraid of antique furniture.
Oprah is afraid of chewing gum.
Andy Roddick is afraid of rabbits.
Cameron Diaz is afraid of doorknobs.
Megan Fox is afraid of dry paper.
Robert Di Nero is afraid of Dentist.
Woody Allen is afraid of peanut butter.
Adele is afraid of seagulls.